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2005 Aubert - Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay - USA - California - Sonoma - Sonoma Coast - White

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USA - California - Sonoma - Sonoma Coast

White Chardonnay
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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 More »

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Comm: 2004-2011 VF: 2006-2011

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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 132
Author Rodney M
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.652%
Tasted On 11/22/2015
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Author Seaway J
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.984%
Tasted On 01/23/2013

not over blown nor buttery. mid-palate complexity with nice finish. a great drink

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Author Scooter
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.81%
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.

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Author tiberite
Site / Blog mac_h Trust Rating 94.816%
Tasted On 04/14/2011
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Author Serl Z
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.761%
Tasted On 08/04/2009


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Author CBS Wine
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.165%
Tasted On 08/02/2009
Drink Dates 2009-2012


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Author Anon
Site / Blog Trust Rating 94.737%
Tasted On 04/06/2009
Drink Dates Now-2011
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Author Mkbc99
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 82.353%
Tasted On 03/11/2009

Great stuff, notes of pineapple, lemon with some oak, but not overpowering in any way.

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Author Brad Coelho
Site / Blog Unidentified Appellation Trust Rating 96.952%
Tasted On 06/18/2008
Drink Dates 04/01/2008

How many times have I bombed this wine back in the past couple months? 5, 6, 7 times?not exactly sure, but believe it or not, this is the first cohesive note I was able to pen down (considering my motor-mouth, that?s quite the feat!). Perhaps the most uncompromising producer of American Chardonnay, from its hazy color to the visible, plump chunks of sediment so tasty that they?re good enough to eat (and sometimes I do!), Mark Aubert?s wines can challenge just about any winemaking pioneer in terms of 'hands off? winemaking in the cellar. Exuberant, but seamlessly integrated fruit w/ a texture that?s so inviting, the wine literally beckons you to another sip. Each flavor has a partner: the limes are spiced, the flowers golden, the guava is honeyed and the cr?me brulee is toasted to perfection. Aubert?s ability to synthesize such gossamer intensity amidst an ever present stony undertow is truly baffling to me, almost as if this wine reaches a nexus between the old world and the new.

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