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2008 Aubert - Chardonnay (Larry) Hyde & Sons Vineyard Chardonnay - USA - California - Carneros - White

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USA - California - Carneros

White Chardonnay
Producer Notes

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 »

Score
95
WA 96
WS 93
IWC 92(+?)
Drink Dates
Comm: 2013-2018 WA: 2011-2018 WS: 2010-2015
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IWC 92(+?)
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 150

($80; 15.8% alcohol; from four-year-old vines) Hazy appearance. Aromas of dried citrus peel, linden tea and hazelnut, with more vibrant notes of lemon zest and ginger emerging with aeration. Dense, strong and aromatic, with penetrating acidity buffered on the back end by a saline impression of extract. The youthful tartness and phenolic impression of this wine actually reminded me of a young Corton-Charlemagne, but this wine will require patience.

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WA 96
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 193
Drink Dates 2011-2018

From Carneros, the 2008 Chardonnay Larry Hyde and Sons Vineyard is the most tropical fruit-scented Aubert offering, and it reveals more bold hues to its straw/green color. A dense nose of marmalade, nectarines and tropical fruit (pineapple) is followed by full-bodied, intense flavors and a stony minerality that emerges with coaxing. This is a big, bold, California-styled Chardonnay to enjoy over the next 5-7 years.

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WS 93
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2010-2015

Fresh, rich, intense and vibrant, with a deep concentration of flavors built around firm apple, pear, honeysuckle and spice. The flavors fan out nicely on the long, persistent finish.

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Author CBS Wine
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.165%
Tasted On 08/16/2013
Drink Dates 2013-2018
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Author Johnnymd
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.997%
Tasted On 02/25/2013
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Author Maxcontinuous
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.041%
Tasted On 09/24/2012

After some air, a very nice combination here. Tropical fruits, pineapple, burnt caramel, marshmellow and smoke, backed up with a fair amount of acidity.

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Author cpcolliton
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.782%
Tasted On 01/24/2011
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