Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

$299.99

Limited new release from cult Chardonnay producer Mark Aubert.98-100 Points Robert Parker:  "We finished the Chardonnay portion of the tasting with Mark Aubert’s favorite wine, the 2012 Chardonnay Lauren Estate, which comes from rich Goldridge soils. There are 1,000 cases of this straw/greenish-colored beauty fashioned from various clones, including the Old Wente, Hyde, Hudson Corton-Charlemagne selection and the Mt. Eden clones. It possesses more of a tannic backbone than its siblings because of its grip. Full-bodied with lots of honeyed citrus, orange marmalade and abundant fruit on the attack and mid-palate, this youthful Chardonnay seems barely touched by its oak aging. All of these 2012s will be irresistible when released in 2014, but should age beautifully for 6-10+ years......As many delicious wines as I have tasted from Mark Aubert, who has now moved into a beautiful winery on the Silverado Trail in northern Napa, I don’t think I have ever tasted a greater group of Chardonnays than his seven cuvees of 2012. All of them had been moved from barrel to bottling tanks and should be bottled before the end of 2013. Mark Aubert previously worked at Peter Michael, where he apprenticed under his most famous mentor, Helen Turley, followed by stints at Colgin and Futo, two very high-end cult Cabernet Sauvignon producers. His Chardonnays have become enormously popular and sell out as quickly as they become available to consumers. Aubert has made a strong effort to purchase estate vineyards, of which there are now two, the Sugar Shack estate in Rutherford and the Cix Estate on the Sonoma Coast. The following seven 2012 Chardonnays are about as thrilling as wine gets. Interestingly, Mark Aubert said that 2012 was the greatest vintage he had ever seen during his entire career. Aubert uses high percentages of new French oak in the upbringing for his Chardonnays, but you would never know that when tasting. These wines- are all simply remarkable. The four 2012 Pinot Noirs I tasted were all scheduled to be bottled in a few months. The amount of new French oak used in all these cuvees is as follows: the Hyde, Sugar Shack, Cix and East Side see 70%, the UV-SL sees 80%, and the Lauren sees 100%. Also, 80% of Mark Aubert’s production is Chardonnay and the other 20% is Pinot Noir. His production in his new winery has increased to 10,000 cases, virtually all of which is sold out upon release."

Share Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2012 on FacebookShare Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2012 on TwitterShare Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2012 via email

Ratings on Delectable

Michael Herzog Delectable Pro

Very interesting and different than normal. I didn’t get the typical notes that I usually do. Menthol and wintergreen were very evident. Still good, but very unexpected.

Very interesting and different than normal. I didn’t get the typical notes that I usually do. Menthol and wintergreen were very evident. Still good, but very unexpected.

9.0

Bill Bender Delectable Pro

Lots of viscosity and just a delightful palpable mouthfeel. Pear, cut flowers and the essence of a babbling mountain brook. To me, the Lauren has always been the classiest of the Aubert SVDs.

Lots of viscosity and just a delightful palpable mouthfeel. Pear, cut flowers and the essence of a babbling mountain brook. To me, the Lauren has always been the classiest of the Aubert SVDs.

9.4

Shay A Delectable Pro

Another 4th Friday for the books! Dan was kind enough to bring and open this knowing Aubert’s Lauren is my favorite. This bottle never fails to impress me. I love the honeyed marzipan, sweet lemon cream nose and the rounded, luscious, cashew/smoked popcorn notes on the palate.

Another 4th Friday for the books! Dan was kind enough to bring and open this knowing Aubert’s Lauren is my favorite. This bottle never fails to impress me. I love the honeyed marzipan, sweet lemon cream nose and the rounded, luscious, cashew/smoked popcorn notes on the palate.

9.4

Connor McMahon Delectable Pro

Classic Aubert. Big, oaky, and great acid. Opened for 2 hours and really blossomed into a good chard!

Classic Aubert. Big, oaky, and great acid. Opened for 2 hours and really blossomed into a good chard!

9.2

Connor McMahon Delectable Pro

Such a great wine with tons of life left. Still a baby and needed air to open.

Such a great wine with tons of life left. Still a baby and needed air to open.

9.5

Seth Morgen Long Delectable Pro

Broker • Arterberry Maresh / Winemaker • Morgen Long

Powerful

Powerful

8.7

Connor McMahon Delectable Pro

Decanted for 2 hours. Opened up nicely and was a pleasure to drink. The oak was integrated and it wasn't too heavy. Just a great wine

Decanted for 2 hours. Opened up nicely and was a pleasure to drink. The oak was integrated and it wasn't too heavy. Just a great wine

9.4

Michael Herzog Delectable Pro

Way, way too young to drink right now. If you do, decant it for at least 4 hours. That is when it began to barely open up. You can tell the pedigree is there, but all the goodness is closed up right now...

Way, way too young to drink right now. If you do, decant it for at least 4 hours. That is when it began to barely open up. You can tell the pedigree is there, but all the goodness is closed up right now...

9.0

Mo Cherry Delectable Pro

Ehhh - it was aight...

Ehhh - it was aight...

8.9

Bill Bender Delectable Pro

Rich yet subtle, impressive minerality and viscous texture. This one never misses. Still young but a close second to Kongs Judge for my fave CA chard.

Rich yet subtle, impressive minerality and viscous texture. This one never misses. Still young but a close second to Kongs Judge for my fave CA chard.

9.3

WARNING: DRINKING DISTILLED SPIRITS, BEER, COOLERS, WINE AND OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY INCREASE CANCER RISK, AND, DURING PREGNANCY, CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS.