100 points - limited Limited new release from cult Chardonnay producer Mark Aubert. 100 Points Robert Parker: "Mark Aubert notes that this is a complex vineyard. It is planted to four different clones: two Old Wente clones, Mount Eden and Corton Charlemagne. The 2018 Chardonnay Lauren Estate explodes effortlessly from the glass, emitting flamboyant crystalized ginger, cinnamon stick, green tea and lime cordial notions with suggestions of applesauce, lemongrass, honey-roasted almonds and paraffin wax plus a touch of cedar chest. Full-bodied, the palate is wonderfully earthy/savory, delivering a beautiful oiliness to the texture juxtaposed by spine-tingling purity and freshness, finishing with epic length... ...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."
Happy Birthday, Dave!!!
Happy Birthday, Dave!!!9.7
Wow! Very impressed with this. I am not always a fan of CA chardonnay but this is a keeper. Creamy but with complexity and minerality. Such an interesting wine and likely to be much improved with a few more years in the cellar.
Wow! Very impressed with this. I am not always a fan of CA chardonnay but this is a keeper. Creamy but with complexity and minerality. Such an interesting wine and likely to be much improved with a few more years in the cellar.9.5
In a word: awesome (that goes for everything in the photo...
In a word: awesome (that goes for everything in the photo...9.8