95pts Wilfred Wong
Mount Eden Vineyards has enjoyed a long history of producing outstanding Santa Cruz Mountains wines since 1972. I have been fortunate to taste nearly all of the vintages the winery has produced. The 2016 Estate Chardonnay is stunning. This impressive wine is expressive and expansive. Its aromas and flavors of tantalizing ripe fruit, oak accents, and earth should pair it well with a thoughtfully-seasoned chicken stew. (Tasted: August 19, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
94pts Wine Enthusiast
The nose on this bottling blends savory depth with floral lightness, combining sandalwood, seared Meyer lemon peels, butterscotch, hot sandstone and flashes of honeysuckle on the nose. Sea salt and nectarine lead toward marshmallow and wood in the finish, wrapped in a structure that's firm but seamless.
93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Chardonnay Estate opens with red pear and apple, spring honey, hay and fresh almonds with hints of orange blossom, lemon pith, stone, toast and white peaches. Medium-bodied with an intense fruit core, it offers lovely earthy/savory hints, with juicy acidity and a long, mineral-tinged finish.
91pts Jeb Dunnuck
The 2016 Chardonnay Edna Valley is also terrific, with a slightly more layered, textured style and less minerality than the Santa Cruz Chardonnay. Ripe orchard fruits, some tropical notes, background oak, and a medium-bodied, rich, balanced texture all make for a terrific cool climate Chardonnay to drink over the coming 7-8 years.
Delicate yet persistent aromas of citrus fruit and honeysuckle combine with an “old world” touch of earth. On the palate, the flavors are expansive with energetic and tense citrus fruit and minerality. This 2016 is reminiscent of the 2012 with its classic restraint yet with a deep core of acid-laden fruit.