2011 Aubert - Chardonnay Lauren Vineyard 750ml

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

Aubert's 2011 Chardonnay Lauren Vineyard flows across the palate with hints of butter, marzipan, spices, nectarines and dried apricots. Rich, voluptuous and creamy, the 2011 is another of the more overt wines in this range. Still, there is more than enough underlying minerality to balance the fruit. The old Wente and Montrachet clones work well here, but the vines are only 12 years old, which suggests the best is still very much in the future. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2019.

Drink Dates: 2014-2019
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 206

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Ultrarich and intense, with waves of smoke, fig, apricot and tangerine flavors, firming and narrowing on the finish.

Drink Dates: 2013-2018
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: gotwine
Trust Rating: 87
Tasted On: 01/19/2015
Just the way I like Aubert Chardonnay, everything bright and in balance but light on it's feet - can't envision it improving - exceptional - 96

Rating: 96
Author: dwdorman
Trust Rating: 98
Drink Dates: 2012-2017

Rating: 95
Author: Maxcontinuous
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/24/2014
A lot going on the nose here. Floral notes, along with pineapple, tropical fruits, tangerine, butterscotch, and allspice. Much the same on the palate, with burnt caramel, green apple, and a spicy lemon compote finish. Great stuff, and even better the next evening, with the green apple having faded away, but everything else still there.

Average rating: 94, based on 5 reviews
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217 bottles owned by 81 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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