Barrel fermented and aged in a mix of French and American oak (30% new), the 2012 Chardonnay Estate -- released under the Domaine Eden label -- was a little reductive on this occasion, but opened up to show plenty of ripe orchard fruits, honeysuckle, peach and white flowers notes with time in the glass. Medium-bodied, beautifully textured, rounded, and supple with lots of Chardonnay depth and richness, it's upfront and ready to go now, but should drink nicely for 3-4 years at the least.Wine Advocate 90 pts.
The 2012 Chardonnay is a beautiful, open-knit wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. Hints of orange peel and mint add character to this classy, understated Chardonnay. The style is all about textural softness and polish. The 2012 is about 60% declassified juice from the Mount Eden program and 40% juice from the Domaine Eden property itself. -- Antonio Galloni 91 Vinous