Mount Eden Vineyards
Mount Eden Vineyards may be the phoenix of California’s wineries, rising out of the figurative ashes in 1972 of the old Martin Ray Winery. This is a small estate with poor soil on a steep mountainside of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Up until 1987, Chardonnay from the estate was made from the original vines, planted as early as 1948. These low-yielding clones are rumored to have origins in Corton-Charlemagne, possibly brought over in the 1890s by Paul Masson from his friend Louis Latour. Newer plantings from the original bud wood were introduced into the 1987 vintage, from vines established in 1980. A portion of the older vineyards has been renovated every few years since then.