2005 Aubert - Lucia Abreu Vineyard 750ml

USA - California - Napa - Howell Mountain/ Red / Proprietary Blend
2005 Aubert - Lucia Abreu Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 89(+?)

Good bright ruby. Superripe notes of musky mocha and maple syrup. Then tight and a bit medicinal in the middle palate, with good grip to the mint and herbal flavors. There's good breadth here, but I find this wine a bit clenched. For a wine with a firm acid edge, I expected more energy. Perhaps this just needs patience, but my enthusiasm was muted by some slightly dry tannins; the 2006 shows more consistent ripeness, not to mention better fruit. Incidentally, Aubert declassified the 2004, his first crop from these vines, as he found the wine too green.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | 89-91

The 2005 Proprietary Red Lucia Abreu Vineyard seems to have closed down since I tasted it last year even though it is still not in bottle. A blend of 47% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc, the wine has a dense ruby/purple color, wonderful purity, but jagged tannins and some austerity kept my score from going any higher. It exhibits more texture than last year, but I suspect I caught it on a bad day, and I will reevaluate it in 12 months.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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Score: 91
Author: JMC22
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/13/2009
Drink Dates: 2010-2016
Blackberry, stewed plum, currant, boysenberry. Long sharp edges on the palate that I do not believe will calm down. Teeth coating tannin. Coffee, chocolate, and raspberry on the palate. Long finish.

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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