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2006 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 »

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95
WA 96
WS 93
IWC 92(+?)
Drink Dates
Comm: 2008-2013 WS: 2009-2014
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IWC 92(+?)
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 138

($90) Palish green-yellow. Intriguing aromas of white peach, green tea, pear, nectarine, spices and minerals. Dense and powerful, but the flavors of nectarine and minerals are kept fresh by a green-appley acidity and a minty nuance. I find this stony, flinty wine a bit youthfully musclebound today. The slightly dry-edged finish features good spicy lift and a suggestion of butterscotch.

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WA 96
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 180

The 2006 Chardonnay Lauren Vineyard is a brilliant effort. One has to admire Aubert's ability to turn out something of this majesty in such a challenging year when so many Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards were filled with botrytis. Lemon blossom, orange marmalade, and white currant aromas jump from the glass of this light straw-colored cuvee with a greenish hue (a characteristic that also appears in the Aubert 2007s). Beautiful notes of tropical fruits and crushed rocks are present in this gorgeously rich, full-bodied, well-focused Chardonnay. All the Aubert Chardonnays offer abundant power, vivid acidity, and dramatic, laser-like focus.

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WS 93
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2009-2014

Pure, complex fruit is shaded by mineral and light cedary wood, yet the core fruit flavors of ripe white peach, apricot and subtle pear flavors make for an intriguing flavor profile. Needs time.

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Author Serl Z
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.754%
Tasted On 12/25/2010
Drink Dates 2008-2013
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Author Gordon S
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.737%
Tasted On 12/05/2009
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Had with dinner at Left Bank ... wow incredible wine.

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Author CBS Wine
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.304%
Tasted On 11/15/2009
Drink Dates 2009-2014
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Author Blaine G
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 08/16/2009
Drink Dates 2009-2013

A lovely wine. More austere and much more citrus than the 2005. Likely to develop a bit more complexity in the next two years.

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Author Johnnymd
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.62%
Tasted On 08/09/2009
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Author Anon
Site / Blog Trust Rating 94.737%
Tasted On 04/06/2009
Drink Dates 2009-2014
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Author Chinaski
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Tasted On 10/16/2008
Drink Dates 2007-2011

The 2006 Chardonnay Lauren Vineyard looks to be the best of the litter, so to speak, in this vintage. Striking liquid minerality intermixed with quince, citrus blossom, crushed rocks, and white flowers are all present in this exceptionally concentrated, beautifully pure Chardonnay that, despite being aged in 100% new oak, reveals very little oak. This is another spectacular Chardonnay from Mark Aubert. It should drink nicely for 3-4 years, as I suspect these 2006s are on a faster evolutionary track than the 2005s. Obviously, there is no 2006 Quarry or Reuling Chardonnay.

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