Saturday, February 02, 2013

Mount Eden Vineyards

Mount Eden Vineyards is a small historic wine estate located on a 2,000 foot peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation about 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Founded in 1945, it is recognized as one of the California’s exemplary winery properties, as Matt Kramer stated in his 2004 Wine Spectator article “New California Wine.” “If I were to present a European, say, the wines of just one California winery to demonstrate the originality of California wine, I’d choose Mount Eden Vineyards,” says Kramer.

Since 2006, Manresa has had the honor of collaborating with Jeffrey Patterson, the President and Head Winemaker at Mount Eden Estate, on our Manresa Cuvée. The wine is a Bordeaux blend made of fruit sourced from the Santa Cruz Mountains vineyards that Jeffery manages. The current vintage of Manresa Cuvée 2010 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon 78%, Merlot 12%, Cabernet Franc 8%, Petit Verdot 1%, Malbec 1 % and is available at the restaurant both by the glass and bottle. There is another unique connection between Mount Eden Vineyards and Manresa. In 1988 Chef David Kinch moved from New York City to Saratoga to work at the vineyards of Mount Eden, and he later opened his first restaurant Sent Sovi on Highway 9 in Saratoga.

Mount Eden Vineyards has a fascinating place in the history of California wine that include iconic characters such as Martin Ray and Paul Masson and vineyards origins from Corton in Burgundy and Chateau Margaux in Bordeaux. We encourage you to join us in the lounge and try a glass or bottle of Manresa Cuvée or one of the many selections of Mount Eden Vineyards wines we have on our wine list. —Jeff Bareilles