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2017 Aubert Chardonnay UV-SL Vineyard Sonoma Coast
11/10/2020 - msuwine wrote:
94 points
I decided to taste Chardonnays from two of my favorite California producers side-by-side tonight: it's Sam vs. Mark, each working in the 2017 vintage, drawing from a Sonoma Coast vineyard named for Ulises Valdez (may he rest in peace). And it was a tale of two styles, one hewing more full and another more pure. I appreciated both, but the Maxem clearly won the night.

- Aubert UV-SL. More yellow in color and full in body, the Aubert offered enticing and warm aromas of brioche, lemon meringue, and toast almond. The flavors were similarly full, with notes of honeysuckle, Meyer lemon, cantaloupe, and vanillin, followed by a lifted yet creamy finish. 15% alcohol. 94+ for now, with upside in another year or so.

- Maxem UV. More clear in color and medium in body, the Maxem offered more nuanced aromas of Bartlett pear, lemon rind, and ocean air. The flavors were more chiseled, with notes of grapefruit, green apple, and crushed rock, with a pure and lingering finish. I enjoyed this wine more a year ago for its sheer tension (12/19 - 97 points), but this is still sophistication in a bottle. 14.2% alcohol. 96 at the moment, with upside in another 6-18 months.

And now for the parade of adjectives: the Aubert was more full, oaky, ripe, and creamy, while the Maxem was more nervy, pure, nuanced, and lively. These are each bargains at $85 direct. Each tilted modern - i.e., there are no ascetics here (e.g., Hirsch, Rhys) - but the Maxem walked the tight rope more convincingly tonight, with energy, depth, and aplomb.
  • Snag One commented:

    7/13/21, 1:49 PM - I've been a fan of Aubert wines for about eight years. This past year, I found Maxem. I love both wines and I enjoyed reading your comparison of the two UV Chardonnays. Well done!

2015 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
9/2/2020 - Snag One Likes this wine:
92 points
Light red color. Hints of sour cherries, red licorice, herbs de Provence, raspberries and mint. Very soft tannins and very nice mouthfeel. Layers of sour cherries, raspberries, toast and mint. We purchased this wine on a trip to France. We paid way too much to ship wine home, but it's a great way to revisit a wonderful experience.
  • Snag One commented:

    11/22/20, 10:32 AM - Thanks for the laugh. I’m watching the Cleveland Browns and the levity helps!

2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
4/23/2020 - Marshmallowman Likes this wine:
95 points
The PERFECT WINE after a HOLE 🕳 in ONE!!! ⛳️🕳⚽️ ………🏌🏽‍♂️
  • Snag One commented:

    5/19/20, 4:55 PM - Congratulations on your Ace!

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