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2011 Aubert - Pinot Noir Ritchie Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 95 WA
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 378339-2011-750-3A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    Juicy dark cherries, cloves, new leather, licorice and asphalt are all woven together beautifully in Mark Aubert's 2011 Pinot Noir Ritchie Vineyard. Despite its considerable size and volume, the 2011 possesses stunning detail, nuance and freshness. Rose petals, violets and plums all grace a finish that stands out for its total elegance and class. I hope readers can appreciate how rare it is to find a wine with both this level of depth and nuance. Aromatically, the Ritchie Pinot has much in common with the Chardonnays from the same site, although I realize that may sound a bit esoteric. Maybe, but it's true.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Rich thick fruited dense dark weighty pinot. Intense dark red pinot fruit and spice flavors and aromas, with bright lifting acidity, minerality, smooth tannins, and long finish. Lots of depth, with palate staining concentrated fruit. Would be interesting to see how this resolves over the next 10 years. Very big style of pinot so not for everyone - opposite of littorai.
    Author: Zarm
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Wow. Outstanding and improving with time.
    Author: Johnnymd

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 218 bottles owned
  • 67 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 67 collectors)