2007 Aubert - Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard 750ml

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2007 Aubert - Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 94

($80; 15.6% alcohol with a pH of 3.4; from old Wente clones) Medium yellow. Aromas of lemon drop, wild herbs and honey, with a slightly candied character. Dense and thick but lively, with strong acidity and a floral element lifting the concentrated citrus fruit flavors. The wine's sweetness and silky texture are leavened by its firm acid spine, with a late note of green tea contributing piquancy. Actually rather backward today, with the dry, broad, citric finish showing superb persistence.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 144

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Wine Advocate | 97

The 2007 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard reveals superb minerality and acidity, a laser-like precision, a light green/straw color, a steely, full-bodied mouthfeel, and plenty of orange blossom, lemon oil, creme brulee, and honeysuckle notes. This powerhouse should drink well for a decade.

Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 187

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Wine Spectator | 94

A rich, creamy style, with tiers of spicy fig, melon, hazelnut and nutmeg all folding together in a tightly focused core of flavors. Full-bodied and bold, without being heavy, ending with delicacy and finesse.

Drink Dates: 2009-2013
Author: James Laube


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Score: 94
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 02/21/2014
Drink Dates:
Score: 94
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 03/16/2013
Score: 95
Author: gjsantoro
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/04/2012
Score: 97
Author: CBS Wine
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 03/22/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2020
Score: 95
Author: Front Man
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/30/2012
vanilla, roasted caramel, crem brulee on the nose. Very aromatic & full bodied. I wasn't picking up a lot of 'fruit' notes, mostly notes of oak influence. I didn't taste the citrus fruit that people say are typical of this wine. But, paradoxically, it did not taste over-oaked, but well balanced and full of flavor, which told me that there was big fruit in there. Impressive wine- more fruit/minerality would have given this a very high score from me.
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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