Many hold the incorrect view that California produces similarly good wine year to year due to its interminable sun. This is incorrect. Vintage variation in California is as significant as any part of Europe save the most liminal. A fulsome exploration of vintage variation and top producers shows that even a small AVA such as Rutherford or the Santa Cruz Mountains experience significant quality variation year to year.
Mount Eden is a storied vineyard with a long history. Through the years it has maintained a core set of vineyards despite ownership disputes and land splits. Sitting above some of the most expensive real estate in the United States and the economic engine of Silicon Valley, it is perhaps ironic now that this winery is a good value for California. Expect to pay twice this price for an equivalent quality wine in Napa Valley.
The estate wines here are the most exciting: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon. While not Monte Bello, the 2013 Mount Eden estate cab is a standout in a vintage that consistently impresses across Northern California. It is also a standout vertically in the last 10 years at the estate and among California Cabernet generally. Think old-school with the polish possible only now with decades of knowledge.
Excellent+ and Highly Recommended Value
$112.96 + tax at Marquis