About the Wine
It is hard to find better Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs than those created by Mark Aubert under his Aubert label. Aubert’s resume is outstanding, having previously worked under Helen Turley. He also served as chief winemaker at Peter Michael as well as at Colgin, making Bordeaux blends and Syrah.
In addition to producing his own wines, he is currently the winemaker at Bryant Family Vineyards. Aubert’s extraordinary Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are fashioned from cool climate sites on the Sonoma Coast.
This limited release of Carneros Chardonnay is not specific to a single vineyard. According to Robert Parker's assessment of the winery: "It sounds like a broken record, but Mark Aubert is certainly one of a handful of California’s finest practitioners of Burgundy-styled, classic California Chardonnays... Mark Aubert had an impressive resumé long before he became this famous, mentored by Helen Turley when he was at Peter Michael, and from there spending impressive tenures at Colgin and Tom Futo’s winery before he went off bound for glory. I am a big buyer of these wines every year, and often serve the wines to strangers at charity events. They are consistently the favorites that people taste. All of Aubert’s wines tend to push about 15% natural alcohol as he is not shy about ripeness, but they also have great acids."
Tasting Notes: 100% Chardonnay.
Absolutely profound is the 2014 Chardonnay Eastside, from the vineyard owned by well-known viticulturist and farmer Ulises Valdez and planted with a suitcase Montrachet clone on a low-yielding rootstock called Riparia Gloire. Smoky crème brûlée notes intermixed with white peach, nectarine, orange marmalade, honeysuckle and buttered apples all jump from the glass of this great Chardonnay that is Grand cru quality, incredibly pure, dense, and long Wine Advocate
Young and vibrant, presenting a raw, edgy texture amid smoky, toasty oak, with fig, nectarine and citrus flavors woven throughout. Impressive for the long aftertaste. Drink now. 800 cases made.~92 Wine Spectator
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