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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 3 
ProducerAubert (web)
VineyardQuarry Vineyard
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationSonoma County

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2012 (based on 11 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Aubert Vineyards Chardonnay Quarry Vineyard on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.2 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 66 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by madeiradog on 9/18/2014 & rated 95 points: Wow - this is still an intense wine. Packed with lemon zest, hazelnut, honey with a hint of smoke, it has great mouthfeel and finish. Some vanilla/oak adds to the mix. Good acidity provides the necessary balance to the long, sweet finish that has a touch of minerality as well. (1017 views)
 Tasted by acyso on 6/13/2014 & rated 70 points: Not as horrifyingly bad as the Marcassin "chardonnays", though that's really hitting the bottom there. This would be grand vin if you were a termite. Overoaked, fat, clumsy, and greasy, the only saving grace is a bit of sweet fruit, which gets a bit cloying after more than a few sips. (1475 views)
 Tasted by KeithAkers on 6/13/2014 & rated 84 points: The (almost) Kick-Off to the World Cup (Domaine Wine Storage, Chicago IL): Nose: The nose is on the richer side with marzipan, lemon curds, a lot of creams, vanilla, and some noticeable oak tones. It isn't overblown, but the nose is very much driven by the oak and treatment.

Taste: Full bodied with lower acidity. There is a real richness and creaminess to the feel along with marzipan, creams, marshmallows, vanilla, and oak.

Overall: This isn't overdone, but it does feel a bit forced. This is far from my favorite style of Chardonnay, and this doesn't really do it all too well for me. (1295 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/30/2013 & rated 94 points: Time has treated this wine well. Classic cloudiness in Aubert chards. Great lemon profile with a touch of creme brûlée. Nice long finish and a great pairing with shell fish. (1733 views)
 Tasted by tooch on 10/19/2013 & rated 86 points: Another Saturday at Domaine (Domaine Wine Storage - Chicago, IL): Rich and dense nose of lemons, limes, vanilla, and marzipan. The palate was equally big and bold and while not the style of Chardonnay I like, seemed well made. Thought the sweetness of the palate was just a bit too much for me. (2296 views)
 Tasted by JimN on 5/2/2013 & rated 94 points: My first bottle from this vintage, so I have no reference point v. earlier bottles. This bottle was superb. There is an alluring nose of honeycomb and butterscotch which gives way to vibrant and multi-faceted flavors on the palate. Perfect acidity to hold it all together. Did not need a decant. Served with just a slight chill, almost room temperature. Unlikely to get any better, but did not seem to be fading. That said, definite risk of holding too much longer based on other notes. Why wait? (1591 views)
 Tasted by taipeileviathan on 12/23/2012 & rated 93 points: What a wine! I am at a loss for words regarding exact tasting notes beyond the oversimplified comment that it tasted, by and large, like an aged CA chard, but I can say this: it baffled me endlessly. I loved it upon opening (beautiful aromas right after the cork came out... my wife's comment on first sip was, "This is a CHARD??"), but it kinda fell apart after an hour or so. Drank half the bottle, refrigerated, then on day 2 it was waaay better than at any previous point. 93 would be the score for its average performance... at its best showing on day 2, 95+, at its worst, 89. (1778 views)
 Tasted by mnh on 9/27/2012 & rated 90 points: On the decline? (1110 views)
 Tasted by ashegedyn on 4/29/2012: Oaked and intense nose - some minerality and honeyed acacia, buttered notes with a hint of smokiness. On taste medium intensity flavors carry through the notes from the nose. Good finish that has excellent length. I am not sure about my taste for this wine since it clearly tastes like its from california - a bit intense and oaked. I did enjoy it but it is not my usual kind of chardonnay. It matches well with dishes that are intense - had it with a lobster and avocado appetizer. (534 views)
 Tasted by jeff nowak on 4/22/2012 & rated 93 points: This wine has been in decline of late in our experience so we have been simply trying to drink our inventory to zero post haste. Wouldn't you know it, this, our last bottle makes a U-turn toward excellence, approaching a performance level we enjoyed in it's youth. Go figure. Wine can be a mystery. (1939 views)
 Tasted by jeff nowak on 4/14/2012 & rated 88 points: bottle age has not been kind to this wine, although this is a better showing than a last recent taste. a rare miss for aubert as i am inclined to view their sweet spot as 5-8 years. (1739 views)
 Tasted by jeff nowak on 3/3/2012 & rated 86 points: this has steadily declined over time. this bottles has limited fruit and too much oak. drink. STAT (1655 views)
 Tasted by plitton on 11/24/2011 & rated 96 points: All the qualities of a great Cali chard in an elegant, lighter profile. Delicious. (2000 views)
 Tasted by mdgberg on 11/12/2011 & rated 97 points: Very well balanced, with banana and exotic spice most prominent, classic cream and butterscotch prevalent but not overpowering. Tannins perfect, great long finish, oak not overpowering like Aubert sometimes is. I'm rarely this happy with a wine. Maybe one year left, better to drink now and enjoy the back end of its peak. (1589 views)
 Tasted by jeff nowak on 11/6/2011 & rated 90 points: 15.3% alcohol. same wine was corked last night, so opened another to take it's true temperature. super ripe + toasted oak = a wine i liked better in it's true youth. not actually offensive, and possesses enough aubert characteristics to please on a general level. however, we drink so much chard that nuances make a difference. i'd recommend drinking up, despite the plethora of CT! high scores. in my humble, but correct opinion, this is past prime. still, better than most domestic crap at half speed. (1907 views)
 Tasted by jeff nowak on 11/5/2011 flawed bottle: corked. although it was slow to reveal, it certainly presented early on as flawed. (1862 views)
 Tasted by Topper on 10/10/2011 & rated 94 points: Completely gorgeous wine. Fruit, flavor, acidity and oak all in balance. A huge crwod pleaser. Much more refined that the typical oaky cal chard. (1624 views)
 Tasted by Topper on 10/10/2011 & rated 94 points: Completely gorgeous wine. Fruit, flavor, acidity and oak all in balance. A huge crowd pleaser. Much more refined that the typical oaky cal chard. (1672 views)
 Tasted by Mike V on 6/19/2011 & rated 96 points: Omg (2062 views)
 Tasted by rosenst1 on 4/9/2011 & rated 92 points: Popped and poured. Had thrown a reasonable amount of sediment; wine slightly cloudy but light gold. Lemon and citrus on the nose initially; on the palate quite full, but not at all sweet, with a sour/saline finish, which is quite unusual. This softens quite rapidly in the glass and the finish integrates, although it still has a sour quality, which eventually fades away; becomes a lovely wine. (2088 views)
 Tasted by psmith on 3/12/2011: Ripe, tropical, and lush. Pineapple and mango-type fruits that clearly push the ripeness boundary, but which manage to be held in check by a tense, firm structure in a great balancing act (though one gets the feeling it could tip to either side at any moment). Very nice. (2125 views)
 Tasted by beezer6 on 3/12/2011 & rated 93 points: Saturday Tasting Group (Knightsbridge Wine Shop (Northbrook, IL)): Rich pear, yellow fruit. Tropical coconut, cotton, pineapple. Light smoke, cotton and yellow flowers.
The palate shows nice viscosity with a honey vanilla play on the finish. There is a nice chalky (agreed) minerality that adds finesse, focus and balance.
So much butter and oak on the nose though - gotta like that style to enjoy this juice to its fullest. Big screaming Cali Chard. (2311 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 8/23/2010 & rated 95 points: Elegant, rich, delicious nectar/citrus fruit with nutty nose and flavors, excellent structure, showing a little age on palate, long, smooth finish (2677 views)
 Tasted by spts1000 on 8/14/2010 & rated 98 points: The best domestic chardonnay I have ever had. It has wonderful fruit and structure. The oak sets up the structure on the end. Very smooth with sweet tannins. (2768 views)
 Tasted by herberto on 7/20/2010 & rated 87 points: Super duper ripe, and, as with many super duper ripe Chards with a few years in the bottle, starting to slide down the backside of whatever "over the top" takes you over. Reasonably pleasant, if heavy, mouthfeel and exotic spice, but this tastes to me more like wood and old ripe fruit than good wine. Got some points for lingering intensity of flavor. I think this style of wine needs to be consumed younger. (2692 views)
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2005 Aubert Chardonnay Quarry Vineyard

MARK AUBERT'S NOTES FROM THE MAILER - This wine once again impresses us with nuances not found in any of our other bottlings. The final cuvee is vinified from 3 different blocks each with a different chardonny clonal selection. We carefully harvested the chardonnay on three separate occasions, conducting indigenous yeast and mal-loactic fermentations to ensure the proper level of intensity that is warrented by the Quarry terroir. All of the different lots of wine are aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 12 months, and then carefully racked to tanks. We let all of our wines rest and clarify for another 4 months before bottling.

The 2005 growing season added more age worthy elements and complexity to this cuvee, much more so than previous vintages. As always wit hthe Quarry, we again see the telltale Quarry aromatics of flinty matchstick, mineral laiden lemon oils, apricot juice and red apple. Across the palate you will find a most age worthy acid backbone with glycerin and minerals. The 2005 vintage will be remembered by the wonderful natural acid influenced freshness that changes the aroma, bouquet and overall complexity of this wine. The mouthfeel is very rich and the natural acidity should provide for near term drinkability or up to 10 plus years of continued bottle aging.


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