Jeffrey & Allie Patterson of Mount Eden Vineyards purchased the former Cinnabar wine estate located on a nearby mountain top in Saratoga in 2007, and re-named it Domaine Eden. It was a property originally developed in 1983 by Tom Mudd that had 12 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines and a little Cabernet Sauvignon. It also had three built-in caves and a modern tank room that allowed Jeffrey to expand his production of “mid-appellation” Santa Cruz Mountain wines beyond those of the Mount Eden estate. Yet, in reality, many of the Domaine Eden wines also include fruit from Mount Eden Vineyards. This 2014 Domaine Eden Chardonnay, for example, is composed of 60% Mount Eden and 40% Domaine Eden fruit and was fermented in 50% new French oak barrels and then aged sur-lie for nine months. As one would expect from a Mount Eden inspired Chardonnay this wine is very well balanced with great density of fruit and impressive structure. The color is an attractive bright gold with green tints. The nose reveals aromas of baked apple and subtle oak spice that continue on the medium-to-full bodied palate with flavors of lemon and the flesh, not skin, of Granny Smith green apples. The wine ends on a lingering finish of clean, medium plus acidity. It is one heck of a Chardonnay given the pedigree of Mount Eden, at about half the price, and a real bargain for California Chardonnay in general at $30 a bottle.