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2005 Aubert - Chardonnay Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay - USA - California - Sonoma - Sonoma Coast - White

USA - California - Sonoma - Sonoma Coast

White Chardonnay
Producer Notes

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 More »

Score
95
WA 98
WS 92
IWC 93(+?)
Drink Dates
Comm: 2008-2011 WA: 2007-2015 WS: 2007-2011
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IWC 93(+?)
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 132

($80; 80% new oak; from a blend of Hyde, Hudson, Mount Eden and Corton-Charlemagne clones; 15.3% alcohol) Yellow-green. Flamboyant aromas of pineapple, dried apricot, crushed stone and candle wax, with some oaky sweetness showing. Powerful, slightly aggressive flavors of sappy pineapple and crushed stone are a bit less smooth than those of the Ritchie, which offers the creaminess of old vines (it's from a 1971 planting), but this chardonnay, from seven-year-old vines, boasts terrific intensity and length and has the acid backbone to age. Give this lots of air if you open it anytime soon.

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WA 98
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 174
Drink Dates 2007-2015

Another utterly profound wine is the 2005 Chardonnay Lauren Vineyard. A gorgeous nose of wet rocks, white currants, flowers, pineapple, and honeysuckle are all present in this vivid, full-bodied, powerful wine that tastes like a Chevalier-Montrachet from France. Stunningly rich, pure, and long, this is another tour de force from Mark Aubert, who certainly has the Midas touch when it comes to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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WS 92
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2007-2011

Floral, pear, peach and apple aromas are joined by toasty, cedary oak, delivered on a tightly focused beam. Intense and vibrant, with lively acidity keeping the flavors fresh and lively. 1,214 cases made.

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Author Rodney M
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.118%
Tasted On 03/15/2013
Drink Dates

Rich with stone fruit and a long finish. Mid palate is particularly pleasant.

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Author Conrad K
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.383%
Tasted On 02/28/2010
Drink Dates 2008-2012

Pineapple, apricots and peach on the nose and palate. The finish is long and chewy. Delicious. Consistent with my last tasting.

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Author CBS Wine
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.304%
Tasted On 12/11/2009
Drink Dates 2009-2014

As close to a perfect chardonnay as I ever hope to drink. outstanding clarity, focus and power. incredible

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Author Serl Z
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.754%
Tasted On 11/08/2009
Drink Dates 2006-2012
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Author Blaine G
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 07/12/2009
Drink Dates 2009-2011
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Author Anon
Site / Blog Trust Rating 94.737%
Tasted On 04/06/2009
Drink Dates Now-2011
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