2004 Aubert - Pinot Noir Reuling Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93(+?)

(15.9% alcohol; 100% new oak) Good deep red-ruby. Cooler aromas of black cherry, peat and earth, with an enticing violet topnote. Wonderfully sweet but restrained. A bit less blue fruit in character than the UV Vineyard bottling. Finishes chewy and firm, with suave tannins. This is reportedly from a Romanee-Conti clone, and in fact the aromas and flavors are rather Vosne-like.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

The 2004 Pinot Noir Reuling Vineyard was off the charts last year, but it appears to have gone into a more closed state at present. However, it was still one of the best Pinots I tasted on my recent trip. Sweet black cherry and raspberry fruit intermixed with notions of sassafras, forest floor, and flowers emerge from this rich, full-bodied, powerful wine. It will benefit from 1-3 years of bottle age, and should keep for 10 years.

Drink Dates: 2009-2016
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 168

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Delicious, smooth and creamy, with rich, fleshy spice, black cherry, raspberry and creamy oak. Finishes with a burst of blueberry, anise, sage and a hint of nutmeg from oak. Drink now through 2010. 116 cases made.

Author: James Laube


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Average rating: 93, based on 3 reviews
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218 bottles owned by 164 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: Pinot Noir


Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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