2003 Aubert - Chardonnay Lauren Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

The stunning 2003 Chardonnay Lauren Vineyard reveals a rocky minerality to its citrus oil, orange blossom, leesy, white currant, honeysuckle, and nectarine-filled personality.

Drink Dates: 2005-2011
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 162

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

($65; five-year-old vines) Cool, subdued aromas of green apple, lime skin, aromatic oils and iodine; distinctly Burgundian. Then large-scaled, fat and sweet but fresh; offers great richness without undue weight. Finishes with real palate-staining persistence. These five-year old vines include clones from Hyde, Hudson Mt. Eden and Calera. Like the Rueling Vineyard wine, the finish here is amazingly long considering the youth of the vines. But then crop levels in both of these vineyards were just over one ton per acre in 2003.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 92
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/01/2005
Drink Dates: 2006-2009
Light to medium cloudy gold color with a slight lime tinge. A taut nose of lemon custard, pineapple, nectarine, graham crackers, vanilla spice, and caramel. Excellent viscosity and acidity. Loads of power that finishes on a sustained note.

Average rating: 95, based on 3 reviews
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327 bottles owned by 118 collectors.

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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.

See other similar producers: Marcassin, Martinelli Winery, Arietta

Wine Varietal: Chardonnay


Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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