St. Eden

St. Eden Label

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ST. EDEN is based upon an 11-acre rocky knoll that is part of a beautiful estate located just north of the Oakville Crossroad. Eden is an historical reference to this region's designation on nineteenth century maps.

St. Eden Label

The red rocky soil of this northfacing site originates from high in the Vaca Mountains. St. Eden, which appeared first in the 2001 vintage, reliably shows great focus, an opulent "sweet" center and notes of crème de cassis, dark chocolate, and roasted herbs. Mineral-tinged and broad on the palate, the wine consistently displays fine-grained tannins and a lush concentration.

SOIL: Iron Rich fractured volcanic rock from a landslide. Northern Exposure.

ELEVATION: 145-188 feet


Vintage Notes

2017

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Budbreak occurred within a typical timeframe, and most of the year was quite uneventful, other than a minor hail storm in June, which required some diligent work from the team to remedy. Harvest commenced on September 1st and spread out over more than a month until the fire broke out. Fortunately, we had harvested all of the oldest vines from the vineyard pre-fires.

The texture of St. Eden draws you into a harmonious interplay between levity and gravity. St. Eden’s virtue lies in this duo of its external beauty with intellectual depth. This vintage manifests more of its erudite character, displaying innumerous facets and details. The acidity is both fine and diffuse within a seamless texture that gains definition over an everlasting finish.

2016

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The growing season began at the end of March and proceeded gracefully through bloom and veraison. Harvest started on September 21st and concluded two weeks later, after a total of 15 harvest passes. Yields in the old vines were quite low, but the expression of character was delightfully pure.

The virtue of St. Eden is hidden beneath its often voluptuous proportions, which can blind one to its depth of character. Aromas vacillate between ripe cassis and Provençal herbs. The entry of the wine is robust, but this impression gives way to fluid silkiness. The wine moves effortlessly across the palate, becoming exponentially finer, until it ultimately balances on a single focal point, giving birth to a persistent interplay of acidity, flavor, and texture.

2015

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From the beginning of the year St. Eden showed the potential to ripen early. As the year weathered on, the maturity of the site became more and more fragmented along the slope. To address this the team harvested almost twenty distinct lots in order to capture each piece at its optimal moment. Additionally, whereas picking was compressed at other sites, here harvest was spread over more than two weeks.

The nose is uncharacteristically dark and brooding. The nuances of graphite and Provençal herbs are subtly intertwined. The classic duality between hedonic fruit and cool minerality is at play lending the wine both gravity and levity in the same moment. The tannins are rich and fleshy upfront, but as they linger the telltale silkiness of this wine is revealed.

 

2014

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Good canopy vigor allowed the grapes to ripen in mottled sunlight. In late August the fruit displayed great depth of character. By the first week of September the first grapes were ready to be picked. The rockiest part of the vineyard was collected first and then harvest proceeded down the crest of this north facing knoll.

The nose carries the characteristic dark fruit and crème de cassis, and a very light hint of sage. The tell-tale yin and yang is in full display: Hedonic richness woven with cool minerality. The tannins serve as a guiding force, but are ever so fine as they persist on the finish.

 

2013

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The season began in early April, but the vineyard seemed intent on commencing harvest before September. Luckily, without too many instances of excessive heat during the summer months, the fruit began to stretch its legs as ripening slowed. Harvest began without incident, and from the beginning the fruit seemed to have an extra layer of vibrancy, density, and plushness.

Black cherries, sage, rosemary, and a touch of black truffle make for an elusive and complex nose. Extremely rich and borderline hedonic upon entry. The wine has layers of flesh and baby fat, which are swiftly counter-balanced by a cooling of the palate caused by a tremendous degree of natural acidity. These opposing forces synergistically combine to form the hallmark silkiness of St. Eden.

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