Aubert Eastside Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2017

$199.99

100 points - limited                    Limited new release from cult Chardonnay producer Mark Aubert. 99 Points Robert Parker: "CIX stands for "109" as this block, planted in 2008 to Montrachet clones, was originally called "parcel 109" when they purchased it. The 2017 Chardonnay CIX Estate has an incredibly intense nose of lemon peel, green mango, fresh pears and powdered ginger with suggestions of baking bread, chopped cashews, lightly buttered popcorn and crème brûlée. The palate is full-bodied, concentrated and bold with a racy line carrying the citrus and savory layers to an incredibly long finish... ...Mark Aubert continues to set the bar incredibly high for the world-class quality of his Burgundian-styled, remarkable Chardonnays, which come from relatively cool sites spread from Rutherford in Napa Valley to the far reaches of the Sonoma Coast. As I indicated last year, Aubert is at the top of his game, and it is hard to believe any Chardonnay winemaker in the world is turning out a half-dozen Chardonnays at this qualitative level year in and year out. He has had an incredible run of great success, after being mentored by none other than the reclusive and supremely talented Helen Turley when he took over the winemaking job at Peter Michael, then proceeded on to impressive sojourns at Colgin Estate as well as Tom Futo’s winery in Oakville."

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Ratings on Delectable

David L Delectable Pro

Simply wow. Dare I say even better next year.!?!

Simply wow. Dare I say even better next year.!?!

9.6

Ron R Delectable Pro

First quaff of the week... Nose displays fresh cut flowers and caramel. Palate is chameleon like, starting with honeycomb, summers day and sea spray. Light and breezy with a light texture. Finishes long with moderate sweetness. These wines are worth every cent, and some.

First quaff of the week... Nose displays fresh cut flowers and caramel. Palate is chameleon like, starting with honeycomb, summers day and sea spray. Light and breezy with a light texture. Finishes long with moderate sweetness. These wines are worth every cent, and some.

9.5

Ron R Delectable Pro

Few U.S. based chards equal the structure and precision that Aubert delivers. It’s a multiplier when you are in Montego Bay with your soul mate! Love her so much...

Few U.S. based chards equal the structure and precision that Aubert delivers. It’s a multiplier when you are in Montego Bay with your soul mate! Love her so much...

9.4

Allison Lyzenga Delectable Pro

Medium lemon-green; medium plus intensity aromas of lemon curd, white peach, pineapple custard, organic earth, funk; dry, medium acid, medium alcohol, medium plus body, medium plus intensity flavors of lemon curd, underripe stone fruit, funk, organic earth, pineapple custard; long finish, concentrated flavors, complex fruit and creamy texture, outstanding

Medium lemon-green; medium plus intensity aromas of lemon curd, white peach, pineapple custard, organic earth, funk; dry, medium acid, medium alcohol, medium plus body, medium plus intensity flavors of lemon curd, underripe stone fruit, funk, organic earth, pineapple custard; long finish, concentrated flavors, complex fruit and creamy texture, outstanding

9.3

John A

Smacks you in the face and screams burgundy...then you ask yourself California chard....really???? Delicious and amazing.

Smacks you in the face and screams burgundy...then you ask yourself California chard....really???? Delicious and amazing.

9.5

Eric L.

Very nice.

Very nice.

9.4

John A

Just a huge fan of Aubert Chardonnays. Melons, honey, toasted almonds, followed by concentrated citrus and a long mineral finish

Just a huge fan of Aubert Chardonnays. Melons, honey, toasted almonds, followed by concentrated citrus and a long mineral finish

9.5

Aaron Hamrock

Simply delicious. I don’t know how the Aubert’s do it year after year.

Simply delicious. I don’t know how the Aubert’s do it year after year.

9.7

John B

More pronounced minerality than other vineyard. I found that balanced out the fruit a bit better.

More pronounced minerality than other vineyard. I found that balanced out the fruit a bit better.

9.4

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