2009 Aubert - Chardonnay Reuling Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

Firm, tight and concentrated, with a beam of ripe pear, anise, honeydew melon, brioche and nutmeg flavors. Firms nicely, unfolding with layers of complexity.

Drink Dates: 2011-2018
Author: James Laube

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

The 2009 Chardonnay Reuling Vineyard is the biggest and richest of these 2009 Chardonnays. Pastry crust, spices, tangerine and dried apricot are all woven together beautifully in this large-scaled, expressive Chardonnay. Aubert used 100% new barrels here, which comes through ever so slightly in the texture of the fruit. An exuberant, explosive finish rounds things out in style.

Drink Dates: 2012-2017
Author: Antonio Galloni

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 100
Author: cochrane78
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 01/08/2012

Rating: 97
Author: Maxcontinuous
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/02/2011
Toasted caramel, grapefruit, marshmellow, crushed rock, and a hint of tropical fruits all combine to make this a powerhouse chard!

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 95
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/22/2013
Hard to beat.

Rating: 93
Author: Danl
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 06/25/2012

Rating: 92
Author: gotwine
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 05/26/2012

Average rating: 95, based on 7 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

156 bottles owned by 87 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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