2003 Aubert - Chardonnay Quarry Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

($60; the highest in alcohol of these 2003s, at 15.8%; aged in 100% new oak) Bright, pale yellow. Aromas of pineapple, lime, flowers and spices. Glyceral-rich and seamless, with a flamboyant pineapple flavor lifted by pungent spice notes of nutmeg and ginger. From Peter Michael's La Carriere and Belle Cote vineyards.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: G
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 06/20/2014

Rating: 92
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/01/2005
Drink Dates: 2006-2009
Slightly cloudy medium to light gold color with green tinges. Rather tight in the nose with some soap, lemon liqueur, toast, and vanilla spice nuances. Smooth with lots of sweet toasty oak and a good but not great level of fruit concentration. It really needs short term cellaring to shine but all of the components are there for greatness.

Average rating: 93, based on 3 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

260 bottles owned by 119 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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