An age-worthy chardonnay with peach, honeysuckle, white flowers aroma's. Aftertaste had strong oak like mouth feel. We had this from a magnum with 12 others. Despite the Oak like aftertaste many commented at the "Burgundy-Like" version of this Napa Chard. Did not taste like one of the more modern chardonnay's. Will try again and re-post when less people are involved.
Reaching middle age. Sexy and smooth. A great wine. Popped and poured and followed for 3 hours. This does better with air. Give it an hour decant. The oak has integrated and smoothed out. Strong acidity with tart apple and white fruit, Very long finish. This is still on the uptick. I think this wine has more development in it. One of the greatest Cali Chardonnays.
Very nice nose, tons of complexity on the nose, tropical, sweet fruit. The palate is very disappointing. I thought it was alcoholic, and my knowledgeable friend explained that this is actually spicy burning (my word) oak, not alcohol. So it seems this bottle is already over the hill and has become woody. I think that is sad for a producer like this. I will say that their wines are quite good at 5-7 years of age, but that seems to be their lifespan. Bought from the winery upone release and cellared under good conditions.
Friday Offline with Mostly Old World Gems (Rocknroller's (Kevin & Vicki's Place)): Light-medium gold color, rather turbid. PNP, drank 1 glass over 60 minutes. I thought the nose was showing well, lemon, minerals, restrained oak and some spice. The palate though seemed rather non-descript. There was citrus, but the energy was lacking, the oak seemed to dominate and the wood spices. Some thought it was showing alcohol, for me it was all about the oak being dominant and sharp and the fruit fading into the background. The question becomes is this that far past peak. This was certainly very pleasant and drinkable with the nose far more interesting than the palate, but compared to a bottle 2 years ago that was a unanimous WOTN along with the few recent CT notes; one has to wonder if this was a poor bottle or if the bottom fell out that quickly. Will be curious to see if anyone has more that show well.
This wine is a mess. Hot, alcoholic, monolithic, and one dimensional with a blast of vanilla and buttery oak around ripe tropical fruit, and not much else. The texture feels almost syrupy with the lack of acidity here, and the finish is painfully alcoholic.
Pop and pour. Golden-green color. Initially muted aromas of pineapple and apple. After about an hour and bit of warming up, really opened up into a well integrated wine with apple, pear, mineral notes. Medium finish. Friends really liked this as well.
Wine Aficionados Tasting - Westchester Wine School (Mamaroneck, NY): Brought this to a Ned WWS tasting. Drank blind alongside Kistler Durrell 2005 and Kongsgaard 2007, which was a very cool idea as these are likely my 3 fave Calif chards (pretty much the only ones I buy). I know these wines well so I pinned each 1. (J$ & Blanco, as well as most of the crowd ID'd the Kistler which was a bit over the hill, I thought, but mixed up the other 2). The Aubert was noticeable in the glass as it always lots of stuff floating in the glass--unfiltered, of course. Pale, strawlike yellow color. Nose of citrus & tropical fruit. A pretty full bodied chard, I thought the wine had better acidity than I recall, but still had gobs of ripe fruit---pineapple, banana, pears too--good mouthfeel, a bit spicy, and very long. I loved this wine, and found it to be burgundian in terms of its complexity, and despite its high alcohol level (which I never seem to detect in this wine). Definitely the best of these 3. The Kongsgaard 2007 I've also had many of, and it's not my fave K, and also I think somewhat atypical of his wines. Deep golden color, it's a big wine--a bit too big and oaky for me to love. Lots of melon on the nose and on the palate. Big, round, tho still with decent acidity. I like this wine ok, but much prefer it in other vintages. I gave it a 90. The Kistler was the favored white of some, including Ned, but I found it past its prime, with the fruit faded and overshadowed by its acidity, making it somewhat sour. The nose was a bit stinky, which put me off from the get-go. Some thought it more nuanced and restrained than its competition; I felt that was a result of its age and being past its prime. This did not taste like any Kistler that I recall in its prime. I will say that it did get better in the glass, but with so many great reds to follow, I had to bid farewell to what was left and dumped it. I scored it an 89
TN: Syrahs, Chards, and Turkish food in NYC +; 1/25/2013-1/26/2013 (Sip Sak): Yellow golden in color. This is in a really nice place right now. Creamy with some lemon chiffon. Everything is integrated quite nicely. On the palate, there is a nice complexity which developed thru the evening. I would prefer a bit more acid. Not sure how much of that is vintage. In any event, it goes with the food well. My favorite of the whites.
Johnny brought this to dinner at Rosebud with the guys. Another nice showing. Touch of funk this time around but mostly spice driven juice. After some air the fruit came forward. Tropical mangoes, cantaloupe, coconut, and a little bit of menthol. Real nice creamy palate, rich chewy fruit. A long finish with balance and strong acidity for an Aubert. Really nice.
Lovely hay color with a vibrant nose of butterscotch, vanilla, oak, and lemon zest. Wonderfully lush in the mouth but lacking some fruit and it picked up some of the oakiness. Drink this wine sooner rather than later.
Had a bottle for the 2nd time in a week, this time with the Fredericks. This is a great chardonnay! Loads of tropical fruit on the nose and palatte. I picked up honeysuckle and figs too on the palate. Extremely well balanced between its copious amount of fruit and excellent acidity, a very complex wine that will satisfy the hard core as well as the casual wino. Medium bodied but seems lighter than it really is. Finish is so long that the wine just lingers in your mouth for several minutes after swallowing. I notice this time too that the wine is still somewhat on the youthful side such that it will improve even further in the next few years. I look forward to tasting it again in the next 1-3 years to see if it fulfills its promise, though it's certainly great drinking right now. Exceptional!
A lovely pale golden color, a bit cloudy as usual with this non-filtered beauty. Loads of tropical fruit, pears and bananas show thru on the palate. Very well balanced wine, with fruit nicely integrated. I didn't notice this wine being at all hot though apparently somewhat alcoholic which to me attests to the skills of the winemaker. A real crowd pleaser and an absolutely stunning California chard. Why can't they all be like this?
15.6% alcohol. i recently reported on the 06 marcassin estate chard as being overtly hot/alcoholic. it weighed in @ 14.8%. i know the printed numbers don't tell the whole story, but...aubert frequently posts levels pushing 16, and yet that ripeness never seems to translate into a mess. good follow up to my last taste which grossly surpassed bottles opened 2+ years ago. 06 is fleshing out as a return to form for aubert after a very spotty 05; my note from 11/10/2010 was quite pessimistic.
Aubert is making some great chardonnay. For a 2006 this is not lacking. Tropical fruit on the nose. Nicely integrated oak, lemon, and a citrus finish. Good viscosity, a nice long finish. Despite the price I will probably look for more Aubert in the future.
Chards and Pinots (Shari's house, Mpls, MN): Medium light gold color. This is a stunning wine. Complex nose of pear, smoke, florals, spie, a little oak, citrus andminerals. The palate is very elegant, lifted, feels weightless, but has incredible intensity and depth, minerals, very clean and balanced, long intense finish. This was really classy. Unanimous WOTN of the chards with all 13 votes.
about 18 months from my last taste, and this bottle finally delivers an excellent performance after four duds. no explanation other than cellar time? focused fruit with mild oak and long tropical finish.
2006 is not the best year for Aubert, but the results are still better than almost every other Chardonnay in California. A wonderful wine. Big entry. Lime, minerals and herbs in the long finish. No heat that I could find. Delicious. It’s just missing a bit of that extra Aubert excitement that I expect. Still it's excellent!
light golden yellow color, classic chardonnay nose of pineapple and oak. The wine has delicious fruit, good acidity and well integrated oak and vanilla flavors. The finish is beautiful and long. Bummed that this is my last bottle.
Friday night at home with red lentil soup and kobe burgers on the grill - John, Linda and Lee join (Lisa at Cornell visiting Zoe). Tasted only by Jill - and after drinking several red wines - so she was not overly happy with the Aubert. Pumped and put in the fridge - will give it another try this weekend.
Not my favorite Aubert. Still better than the average Cali Chard, but not truly outstanding and miles from mindblowing. Light gold color, actually slightly faded, very interesting nose of lemon, peach and yellow mustard. Tart apple and acidity dominates the palate and the finish is slightly hot. Other bottles have been better.
A great bottle of Chard to start the evening! Complex tropical fruit (pink grapefruit, pineapple, coconut, citrus oils) on the nose with a great palate presence. Drink now but can last another five years.
A nose of tropical fruit, sweet bananas, marshmallow and oak. The flavor is alive with bright acidity, creamy toasty oak, and lemon. The flavors jump out at you and demand attention. Medium weight in the mouth. Citrus and lemon linger on the somewhat oily and tart finish. My first Aubert and I am impressed. Expensive, probably worth it, but I don't buy many bottles in this price range and it is difficul for me to justify the cost of this one too.
pale yellow. Nose of clipped citrus-like lemon and oak. Taste was moderate citrus and vanilla. Letting it warm a little improved it somewhat. 2006 is the least favorite vintage Aubert has made so far, IMO.
A pungent perfume filled with vanilla bean, lemon, lime, grapefruit and butterscotch was easy to find. Full bodied and palate filling, this concentrated wine ended with fresh, ripe citrus and vanilla flavors.
Light gold. Rich, nose filling spice of vanilla, lemon curd. Taste was mouth filling of vanilla, citrus with a slight Gewurztraminer-like bitterness at the end of the swallow. Another at the table remarked that this is a characteristic he finds in the Lauren vineyard. Well, don't you know, I like Gewurz!
Popped and poured. Initial impression - this is really good; very bright, typical Aubert depth but with a bit of sweetness on the back-end and maybe a bit of heat. Held up well with classic lemon curd, vanilla flavors and bright acidity for an hour or so but then began to crack up. Just doesn't seem to have the balance as compared to for example the 05 Reuling which is still going strong on day 3.
Disappointment of the night. Maybe in a wierd stage of evolution. Lemon and creme brulee on the nose and palate. Short finish. Did hold a candle to the white Burgundy - 2002 Ramonet. I am beginning to wonder if these wines are worth the price of admission.
This is drinking really well right now. Light straw color with a bit of cloudiness. Tropical fruit notes, nice acidity, perfect balance and smooth, lingering finish. While this bottle was beautiful, this seems to be on a fast evolutionary track. I think I will consume my remaining 4 bottles during 2011.
Popped and poured. Rich, spicey and somewhat hot nose. More angular than your typical Aubert,not as tropical with more citrus and less pineapple, but very well done and I like the edginess. The finish is a little hot.
i wanted to get back on the horse STAT with this one. only 6 days ago i had a bottle courtesy of a friend's cellar; my own notes have not been favorable. tonight, jane and i took it thru it's paces. sorry, this is wretched. shrill, out of balance, murky fruit. looks like i have 6 going to winebid. and, what about the ritchie? whoa. just read those notes. WTF with their 06s?
Mattias' Send Off: Cloudy yellow color. Oaky tropical fruit nose. Tastes of apple and melon with the oak of a small forest. Very full bodied. Rich powerful finish with some of its considerable 15.8% alcohol peeking through. I've been luke warm on this wine in the past and my opinion was not changed today. Not a great showing for the Aubert Chardonnays tonight.
Wow, mind-blowing chard with notes of lemon-curd, and a tiny hint of vanilla bean. Nose hints of sweetness but lands on the palate with luscious frut balanced with acidity and freshness. Absolutely beautiful and complex. Drinking so well now.
Very tight and heavy for the first few hours; very much benefits from decanting. After a few hours of air, the nose was much more effusive with almonds and white flowers, and the mouthfeel became both lighter, more balanced, and a tough racier. Still, doesn't seem to have improved over the last couple years...
Poor showing for this bottle, the alcohol is over running the fruit. Still lovely nose of sweet pineapple, lemon meringue pie but with noticeable heat. I had a headache after a glass. Quite different (in a worse way) than my bottle last year.
Solid wine, and much improved with a lot of air. Initially pretty tight and not giving up a lot (kind of like the other '06s, the least good vintage from Aubert in my opinion), but eventually this started to come around. Plenty of structure, acid, backbone, etc., but the fruit still remains a bit hidden. I hope that some more age will bring this around. If drinking now, needs air and is best at room temp. (PE: 93)
Decanted and drank over 3 hours. This did not show near as well as past bottles. Alcohol was very noticeable upon the initial opening and while some of it integrated over time, it never quite went away. Very big and full-bodied wine. Certainly a nice wine but not up ti the standards of previous bottles.
Wonderful wine. Flavors were a bit muted the first hour, but really opened up. Alcohol was in check, fruit had a wonderful purity, oak was muted. Would recommend. Still enjoy some of the William-Selyem chardonnays better, but this is up there.
Snowed in and needed a pick me up....this hit the spot. Had with some cheese and Honey Crisp apple wedges...paired better with the apples as the flavors were so similar. Everything was in balance with a long glorious finish. Nectar of the gods.
I think this was one of the best showings of the '06 wines for me. Maybe they just needed some more time to come together. Nice lemon grass, orange, green tea notes. Acidity is noticeable, and well-balanced by the fruit. Had a hard time not chugging this one down. (PE: 95)
Cork perfect. Popped and poured. Light golden color with just a trace of a green hue. The nose had a rich pear, apple, spice and lemon. In the mouth there was baked apple and a tropical fruit note, but there was also some minerality. Good verve/acidity. 20+ second finish.
Wish I could have followed this wine over the course of a couple hours, but it went quickly during the crab cake appetizer.
First bottle of twenty-ten, accompanied stone crab claws with lemon butter. On first impression, seemed more lemony and crisp. With air and as it warmed, it rounded out, became more Kistler-like -- lanolin and glycerin on the palate, hazelnuts and pineapple in the nose and on the tongue.
Not really my style of Chardonnay, but nonetheless very impressive. Excellent balance of dense white fruit, acidity; seems to be integrating its oak more than I expected. Beautiful texture with viscous mouthfeel.
Light and cloudy straw color. Aromas of tropical and citrus fruits (banana ,pineapple, lemon) with a touch of over ripe pear that goes away when the wine is swirled in the glass. Wow - nice balance of fruit, alcohol, tanin and acid. Flavors of mineral and a bit of over ripe pear with a medium finish. This is great chardonnay but not the magic of the 2005 vintage.
My wife said it was good. She has a better palate :). The wine is in a good place right now. Big Cali Chard with a full bodied mouthfeel. Loved the way it paired with some seared scallops. Ripe fruit aromas of lemon, pineapple, white peach.
Saturday Tasting Group (Knightsbridge Wine Shop (Northbrook, IL)): Cloudy light straw color. Rich tropical fruit yet a sense of truly focused sense of citric acidity. Gychee fruit, guava and vanilla. Nice toasty oak on the back end, but not overdone. Fruit and oak are completely harmonious. Very young with floral accents to accompany the tropical fruit and nut on the palate. Some nice baking spice with a lovely opulent finish and overall feminine style. Stunning Chardonnay if you enjoy the cult California structure.
Controversial tonight. Those who like their chards unoaked hated it. Plenty of oak for sure, but more than enough dense fruit to counter it. Most found it exceptional. Beautiful soft white fruit, density and texture.
Very slightly cloudy light golden color. Reticent nose of lemon, lime, some minerals, and a hint of oak. Some pineapple, lemons, grapefruit, and kind of a floral/herbal element on the finish . Another delicious Aubert.
Lemon oil, custard, a bit of crisp apple, and a touch of heat, but otherwise a wonderful full flavored, rich, crisp chardonnay with an endless finish. In an odd place right now for this bottle. Will hold off on the rest as I can.
Another absolutely delicious Aubert chardonnay. I've never been disappointed, but this may not be my favorite taste to date. It was still damn good. Lemon pastry or tart and tart apple on the nose. Tart lemon in taste with apple, more citrus, floral elements, a strong mineral component. All this plus beautifully balanced, and full of flavor.
don't get the wild enthusiasm over this wine...intense flavor but i get noticeable heat on the finish even drinking it at refrigerator temp...looked at label - 15.8% alcohol!!...not my cup of tea...YMMV
Great fruit profile and intensity. Had this alongside the 2007 Aubert Lauren. This displayed a creamy, rich style with lemon, marshmellow, fig, and citrus. Very nicely done, but not having the vibrant WOW of the 07'.
pale yellow/green color; nose of lime and other citrus, wet slate, and just a first hint of brioche or biscuit dough; lime-grapefruit flavors with slight green banana notes,minerality, crisp, assertive acidity on the finish; med long fin with a hint of heat. NOTE: Aubert chards begin to throw a lot of very fine sediment within 6-8 months of laying down. A accidentally shaken bottle has not cleared after 10 days standing upright. Have to leave a lot of wine in the bottle if decanted, or accept cloudy wine if you want to drink it all.....
well, this is a muddled little pistol, isn't it? it makes me concerned about this vintage with this vineyard, especially after seeing my note from 11 months ago. heavy midpalte, with almost no verve or personality. plus, the oak piles up like a beehive hairdoo of cool whip you can't control on a banana split. i traditionally will hold aubert chards to age five before drinking from my own stash. seems prudent with this one. maybe the oak will settle down.
I usually prefer the Lauren to the Ritchie, but tonight it was the other way around. The Lauren is more powerful and intense, and has more noticeable oak (well, they're both noticeable!), while the Ritchie seemed cleaner and more refined.
G6 (Kevin): Cloudy golden color. Oaky nose. Tastes of apple, melon, lemon and lime. The oak sticks out like a sore thumb on this wine and I'm not sure there is enough time left in this world for it to fully integrate. Heavy mouth feel. Medium to full bodied. Rich finish with a slight tartness.
While still a nice bottle of wine, didn't enjoy it quite as much as last time. Why? The nose seems closed, perhaps because the alcohol is masking it, and while the wine on the palate has explosive flavors of meyer lemon, with some spritzy balancing acidity, the alcohol is noticeable (at 15.8, not a big surprise) as a high tone of heat on the back end.
I am not particularly enamored with the books of Malcolm Gladwell. Both Blink and The Tipping Point strike me as books that would have been better as articles in the New Yorker. Outliers, his most recent book, covers the topic of success and is certainly worthy of a full length book. But, his glib anecdotal style and inferred conclusions at times strain credulity. His basic premise is that to be extremely successful a person needs to have certain suite of characteristics. Which are; to be born into a propitious time period, to be born into a propitious set of personal circumstances, to be born into a complementary social culture, to have talent, to embrace opportunity, and to spend about 10,000 hours practicing. As soon as I read about how many hours of practice are required it made me wonder how many bottles of wine need to be consumed before someone is an exceptional wine taster. Clearly it is more than 100 and probably it is more than 1,000. I don’t know what the answer is, but I have a cellar and I have CellarTracker and I am happy to go on a personal quest for a more definitive answer.
One of the great pleasures in my life is to have discovered Aubert and to have the funds to be able to drink a bottle now and then. Cloudy light yellow in color. Nose on this bottle was much lighter than the last bottle but with the same Myer Lemon, sour lemon, and citrus aromas that stayed very distinct as we drank the bottle. Lemon zest, pear, and a nutty oak flavors. Flavors and finish filled the entire palate. Acid that was distinct without being distracting. Lovely bottle of wine but the lack of a more effusive nose has me scoring it lower than last time.
Cloudy but a bit lighter in color than the typical Aubert Chard. Poweful nose of citrus and oak. On the palate very full, penetrating and complex. No hint of heat despite the 15.8% alcohol. Long on the finish. Excellent!
Tropical, very fragrant nose; banana, mango; vanilla spice; unctuous palate; oak slapped me in the face. Needs time to integrate; it will still be a BIG chardonny with lots of fruit, apple custard, buttery finish but the acidity to keep it from being labeled "flabby". Not sure if it's my style but an interesting experience for sure.
Had with seared scallops and spring risotto. Decanted for one hour, but really didn't come around until the end of the night. Nose was reticent, but on the palate the wine is rich and intense. Reasonably well balanced, but the alcohol shows through at warmer temps. I'm trying to be objective given my problems with Teresa Aubert's anti-customer service attitude. With that caveat, I think for my taste I prefer Littorai Chards.
Very nice upon opening but even better after saving 1/2 the bottle in the fridge overnight...the slight astringency that initially stood out on the finish mellowed and the tropical fruit and minerality seemed to become more pure.
Expecting the usual flavors of California Chardonnay, but heightened, I was caught off guard by the strength of the minerality, the lovliness of the the acidity, and the reticence of the oak in this bottle. OK, so it was my first bottle of Aubert Chardonnay. Opened just to make sure that the new release might offer a wine aligned with my preferences, before making a buy/no buy decision. I WILL buy, but wish I hadn't opened a bottle that I think has several more years of development to be utterly wonderful.
Very good, bright lemon zest and crisp acidity. Big wine, but hides it's 15.8% well. Certainly enjoyable, but just does not wow me like some of the prior vintages, especially given the price. Food for thought given the pending mailer...
I recently read a book review where the reviewer chided the writer for confusing Aristarchus of Alexandria with Aristarchus of Samos. I suppose that in some circles this would be as obvious as confusing Obama with Osama, however I have never met anyone who moved in those circles. I have also never met a wine palate with a comparable level of sophistication. So, what does it say about the majority of us who could, in a blind tasting, easily confuse a Super Tuscan for a California Cabernet. Are the reviews we post suspect because, figuratively speaking, we don’t know our Greeks. Or, is wine tasting and then posting on CellarTracker more akin to Larry the Cable Guys tag line, “I don’t care who you are, that’s funny right there”. I believe it is the latter rather than the former, which is why I continue with somewhat meager knowledge and a sometimes wooden palate to continue to post reviews. Such a long preamble would have been ridiculous as the lead in to a review for an average wine, but when you are drinking Aubert anything seems reasonable.
This wine makes the most seamless transition between aromas, flavors, and finish. Gauzy filaments of aroma of Myer Lemon, citrus, pears, nuts that stayed distinct as we finished the bottle. Exquisitely delicate and exquisitely potent at the same time. No sledgehammer of flavor on the tongue, but no absently missing the flavor either. The lemon was more distinct in the taste. Deft use of oak to enhance the flavors rather than to be a flavor. A round finish that echos the nose and taste.
wonderful wine. well integrated aromas of lemon, citrus, slight spice and light toast character. mouthfeel is terrifically complex yet smooth and luscious all the way thru. minerality really shows in a positive light. finish is long and well rounded.
A truly fabulous American chardonnay that would give many white Burgundies a run for their money (and probably cost far less). Blew away the 2005 Kistler "Kistler Vineyard" Chardonnay we had the same evening. The Aubert was both smooth and complex. A wonderful wine on its own, but it got even better with food.
This reminds me of a young Girardin Corton Charlemagne. Phenomenal fruit, but the oak distracts a bit at this point in its evolution. Apple and white fruit, citrus, pineapple, smoke, flowers and wet stones. The complexity and lush but agile mouthfeel are stunning. I've read that it shows very little oak despite being aged in 100% new barrels; this was not the case tonight. The upside potential is great if the vanilla, butterscotch and toast integrate and mellow a bit.
While neither as concentrated nor sublime as the 05, this is nonetheless a spectacular Chard with pears, golden delicious apples, hazelnut, a banana-peach-pineapple tropical layer, some brighter citrus on the finish along with some mineral lift and a toasty-butterscotch thing that echoes. There are a ton of flavors in this wine but it lacks a little focus and doesn't have the mind-blowing finish of several others in its peer group.
Flock - Chardonnay Shoot Out (Dennis'): Pale gold color. Shy nose initially, opens up more and more with time. Palate is lush and focused with pears, minerals, spice and toast. Sweet fruit is well balanced with cutting acidity. Long with sweet pears and limes in the finish. My #3, Group #1.
Aubert Tasting and Dinner (My home - Chicago IL): Apple and apricot aromas with plenty of new oak, good baking spice and some background tropical hints. Powerful and ripe fruit on palate with lots of minerality and acidity providing support, texture and length. Very exciting wine with very good long-term cellar potential.
Aubert Tasting (Alan's): Flt #4 - Back to electric pale yellow with serious green notes. Mmmmn, lovely big rich nose of yellow friut and tropical/banana notes. Big bold mineral white and yellow fruit on the palate. Good stuffing with a long round finish.
Unbelievable chard...always a major treat to open...took to St. Johns tonight where the menu had been revamped...superb when both the food and wine are singing...terrific evening and terrific wine that seemed to improve over the course of the meal. Oh yeah, had that cloudiness that we often come across with Auberts.
Couldn't resist opening one on a special occasion. Friends and family came to visit. Other than its exuberant youth, nothing to complain about. Nose and palate absolutely dominated by pineapple notes at this point; additional green apple, smoke, and minerals keep it exciting. Dense, but still light on its feet, mildly bracing acidity. I won't touch another for a couple of years.
Cloudy, pale yellow. Ripe tropical fruit and citrus aromas with a touch of smokiness to it. Same fruits on the palate with some stoniness on the finish. A bit short on the finish and not as dense as in previous vintages. Good material here but probably needs a year or two.
I asked my brother to grab a couple of bottles from my cellar and this was one of them...I had hoped to keep this a while to see the development since I only had 2 and drank one already, but no go (we were away from home and I couldn't put it back)...Similar notes to the other bottle. Stony fruits, very steely in flavor, but rich in body, this wine benefits drastically from being drank at or less than cellar temperature. More richness comes out this way. It also benefits from being open for a while/ 1hr +. This has more of a traditional burgundy character, not at all like Kistler or Marcassin. I think the toast on the new oak must be lighter than most California Chard producers because the wine absorbs it very well. I guess will have to sit on the Ritchie (I only have one of those).
Nice and rich...very white burgundyish. High toned mineral notes, but nice and rich to help balance that out. Smoke and acidity add tension and complexity. I am going to agree that 6 months or so, might find this fleshing out nicely. I didn't drink it super cold, but the acidity mellowed a bit as it got warmer and more air. Great bottle none-the-less.
Very light green-gold color with characteristic Aubert unfiltered slight cloudiness. Big, flavorful wine plenty of acidity to balance the ripeness and alcohol. Good balance and fine finish. Does not have the wow factor I associate with some earlier vintages. Perhaps some bottle age will integrate things and make this better.
Mothers Day wine with my mother, my wife and my sisters. Apricots, Pears, Granny Smith Apples. BUT the most interesting thing is the contrast with the prior Lauren vineyard chardonnays. The 2006 seems to have more acid and more minerals than my recollection of the prior years. There is less vanilla, less oak, less post malo butter, less of a creamy mouth feel, which I do not consider a negative. I've been told that aging on lees tends to remover the buttery flavor from the malo, and that seems to be true here. Thus, the flavor is more clear and crisp. This is an exceptional wine. WOW. After drinking this wine, I told my wife that this wine explained why I bought the Futo before the first vintage had ever been bottled. Mark Aubert makes great wines, and why should Futo be different?