2005 Aubert Chardonnay Lauren Vineyard
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MARK AUBERT'S NOTES FROM THE MAILER - Lauren vineyard chardonnay is comprised of the rarest clones of chardonnay grapevine selections. The production in 2005 was a normal yield. The grapes were picked in the early monrnig and moved in a refrigerated truck to ensure the utmost attention in preserving the flavor nuances of the grapes. As with all of our chardonnays, primary fermentation is conducted in barrel and took nearly 7 months to complete. this long and arduous process results in wines with outstanding freshness, lively aromatics and telltale nuances that are intriguing and site specific. Aged in 90% new french oak barrels for 11 months, and then carefully racked to tank. As with all of our wines, we let them rest and clarify in tank for another 4 months before bottling.
The 2005 Lauren chardonnay differes from other past vintages in that we have a natural acid backbone plus aromatic elements that we beleive make a very long lived cuvee. I have worked with these chardonnay slections for years and I find this wine to be on of the best examples of a ripe and yet age worthy vintage. Initially, the prounouced 'old clone' aromatics are typified with dried citrus, tree fruit and minerals and an organic sense of place. The bouquet has multi-faceted nutty and baked fruit dessert tones. The mouth feel presents a glycerin top note followed by a persistent acid structure only found with these clones. the 2005 Lauren chardonnay will be remembered by the wonderful uplifting changes among aroma, bouquet, and overall complexity of this wine.