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.
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.