2005 Aubert - Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard 750ml

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2005 Aubert - Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 96(+?)

($70; 100% new oak; 15.1% alcohol) Slightly hazy greenish-yellow color. Captivating, highly nuanced nose offers lime zest, lemon candy, nutmeg and crushed stone. Dense, thick and powerful, but for all its intensity this offers a magically light touch. The pineapple and crushed stone flavors are framed and intensified by sappy, perfectly integrated acidity and complicated by a leesy element. Boasts a truly three-dimensional texture that's rare for a dry white wine, not to mention extraordinary sweetness of fruit and length. Still quite young.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Wine Advocate | 96

The 2005 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard has notes of nectarines, lemon oil, marmalade, roasted pineapple, and a hint of smoky, toasty oak, but a very subtle one. Stunningly rich, full-bodied, opulent, but with zesty acidity (a hallmark of all these 2005s), this wine looks set for 5-7 years of evolution. Mark Aubert is on the move, leaving Colgin Winery in favor of working for the Bryant Family Vineyard, while at the same time producing some of the world's greatest Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. He seems to have a plate filled with both potential and stress. The bad news is that one of his suppliers decided his Chardonnays were just too profound for the Quarry Vineyard, and will no longer sell him fruit from that source, and in 2006, there was so little Reuling available, that cuvee was not made either. In short, there are two fewer Chardonnays for the 2006 vintage! Nevertheless, those who got on the mailing list and secured some of his 2005 Chardonnays have some of the finest Chardonnays ever made in California at their beck and call. Of course, these are made from old Wente clones of Chardonnay, given full malolactic, aged on their lees, and bottled with no clarification.

Drink Dates: 2007-2014
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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Wine Spectator | 93

Beautifully crafted, this is rich, intense and focused, with a complex mix of ripe, vibrant green apple, pear, melon and spice, picking up a subtle honeyed edge on the finish. 1,080 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007-2011
Author: James Laube


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Score: 94
Author: Seaway J
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/23/2013
not over blown nor buttery. mid-palate complexity with nice finish. a great drink
Score: 96
Author: Rodney M
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 12/03/2012
Drink Dates:
Score: 92
Author: Scooter
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/02/2012
Drunk with a 2002 premier cru Meursault and did not compare favorably at our table of 14. Maybe a matter of personal taste--it is definitely in the heavier California style, butr lacked finesse. I was expecting better.
Score: 94
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 04/14/2011
Site Blog: mac_h
Score: 96
Author: Serl Z
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/04/2009
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More Vintages and Sizes of Aubert - Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard:

2012 (750ml)
2008 (750ml)
2003 (750ml)

About This Producer


Mark Aubert's four Sonoma Coast vineyard-designate Chardonnays - Lauren, Reuling, Quarry and Ritchie - have risen to cult status at a dizzying speed. Production is a limited 4,000 cases and the wines are available via the winery's mailing list. Aubert's career in winemaking reads like a fantasy, with his 1989 start as assistant winemaker at Peter Michael under the tutelage of Helen Turley, to his time at Colgin and Bryant Family. His eponymous wines are exemplary renditions of Chardonnay, replete with the rich bounty of the terroirs from which he sources the fruit. At the same time, they reflect his adept oenological hand, and maintain a focused balance of flavor and purity.

Aubert also makes several Pinot Noirs sourced from the Sonoma Coast as well as a "right-bank" Bordeaux style blend from Napa's Howell Mountain.

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