White

2004 Aubert Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard

Chardonnay

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Sonoma Coast
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Community Tasting Notes 193

  • myofin Likes this wine: 94 points

    May 3, 2019 - This was delicious and we liked it better than 2014. Yes, it showed its age and was not as racy and crispy as its younger sibling, but it added mouth filling complexity, polished edges, and an almost viscous texture. Even the white Burgundy snobs among us were impressed.

  • Burgundy Al wrote: flawed

    February 3, 2019 - Good Wine with a Boring Super Bowl: Social walk-around tasting, brief note. Great stuff, but slightly corked.

  • jwebtx Likes this wine:

    November 4, 2018 - I was expecting this to be dead, but damn it delivered. Outside of the color, no negative signs of oxidation. There was plenty of fruit, mineral, and acidity. Perhaps a touch of honey. Complex with a singing finish. A different wine than in its youth and probably more my style now. Bought on release and stored in temp control since.

  • tomoem wrote: 93 points

    September 20, 2016 - Let me start by saying that I like and appreciate older wines. I have recently written about the 1936 Vega-Sicilia Unico and a large number of over the hill wines of the 70's and 80's.

    That said this did not disappoint. The aromas are amazing with morning meadow, lavender and freshly picked apples. The flavors are so complex I cannot begin to isolate them. I will try and .......Here goes.

    The initial flavors are ripe pear, ripe melon, and a simple sugar syrup paste. The flavors continue and include an overwhelming and aged sauterne and finish with green apples and kiwi.

    You could say that the wine is over the hill but with such a unique flavor profile ............ who cares....... I don't because this was a wonderful experience of flavors !

  • MoscowVino Likes this wine: 91 points

    June 11, 2016 - Approached this with trepidation, but was pleasantly surprised. This wine's profile is closer to a Meursault 1er, with flavors and aromas of citrus, nuts, underripe pineapple (not in a tropical-punch style by any means), and especially green apple. The apple notes and crisp acidity led me to think this wine didn't undergo malo, but apparently that's not the case. Chief complaint is that there is an oak component that doesn't feel fully integrated. There is also a lightly oxidative note, but not displeasingly so. The wine is medium-full bodied with a slight perception of sweetness but the acidity keeps it reasonable balanced. My (well-stored) bottle wasn't about to fall off a cliff, but this should obviously still be drunk soon.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/19/2013 (link) 92 points

    (Aubert Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard) Cloudy light medium yellow color; lightly savory, hazelnut, preserved lemon, ripe quince nose; mature, buttery, creamy textured, rich, ripe pear, ripe lemon palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/31/2012 (link) 92 points

    (Aubert Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard) Slightly cloudy light medium orange yellow color; mature, briny, oyster jus, saffron nose; mature, rich, sweet butter, pineapples in butter sauce palate; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/25/2010 (link) 93 points

    (Aubert Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard) Cloudy lemon yellow color; big, lovely, lemon, baked lemon, vanilla nose; tasty, rich, lemon, mineral, citrus palate with good acidity; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    11/9/2007 (link) 93 points

    (Aubert Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard) Lovely, rich, focused lemon and vanilla nose; rich, structured, lemon, lemon mousse and yellow melon palate; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2004
  • Type White
  • Producer Aubert
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Ritchie Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Sonoma Coast

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 11 (1%)
  • In Cellars 544 (29%)
  • Consumed 1,346 (71%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Chicken parm, Manhattan clam chowder.

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