Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

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David L Delectable Pro

13’ Aubert Ritchie Chardonnay. Perfect drinking window. Soooo much better than 18 months ago.

13’ Aubert Ritchie Chardonnay. Perfect drinking window. Soooo much better than 18 months ago.

9.5

Geoffrey Luce Delectable Pro

2013 is my favorite Aubert vintage

2013 is my favorite Aubert vintage

9.5

Connor McMahon Delectable Pro

Just starting to open. Pulled the cork 2 hours before drinking. Out of the Auberts I find this one balanced and finesse. Not the big structure.

Just starting to open. Pulled the cork 2 hours before drinking. Out of the Auberts I find this one balanced and finesse. Not the big structure.

9.2

David L Delectable Pro

WOW... blown away. Can’t believe this is the Ritchie I’ve had past vintages of? The balance on this wine is close to flawless. Drinking perfectly right now. Great bottle of Chardonnay. Many wonderful years in front of it.

WOW... blown away. Can’t believe this is the Ritchie I’ve had past vintages of? The balance on this wine is close to flawless. Drinking perfectly right now. Great bottle of Chardonnay. Many wonderful years in front of it.

9.6

Shay A Delectable Pro

Forgot to post these from the other day. Mark, Dan and I were able to enjoy a relaxed afternoon at the wine storage facility, and some unique stuff was opened, as always! Fortunate to have had the ‘13 and ‘14 Ritchie so recently. I’ve said it before, but I always get a nutty and waxy note for Ritchie vineyard chards. I got a lot of that on the ‘14, but it felt more subdued on the ‘13. Still had its typical lovely honeyed almond trait on the palate. Great Chardonnays. Thanks Dan.

Forgot to post these from the other day. Mark, Dan and I were able to enjoy a relaxed afternoon at the wine storage facility, and some unique stuff was opened, as always! Fortunate to have had the ‘13 and ‘14 Ritchie so recently. I’ve said it before, but I always get a nutty and waxy note for Ritchie vineyard chards. I got a lot of that on the ‘14, but it felt more subdued on the ‘13. Still had its typical lovely honeyed almond trait on the palate. Great Chardonnays. Thanks Dan.

9.2

Donna Liu

Honeysuckle, lilac, luscious on the tongue. Perfect start to the Olympic Games.

Honeysuckle, lilac, luscious on the tongue. Perfect start to the Olympic Games.

9.4

Shay A Delectable Pro

Funny how a nice evening can round in to form on a spontaneous whim! You know if Dan is around that Aubert or Marcassin chardonnay is involved. Tonight, he was the reason for both! Normally, I love Ritchie. Possibly my favorite chard vineyard. The beeswax, waxiness/nuttiness that I get with this vineyard is so unique. A nice Chard but like most Aubert whites, give this at least 3-5 years.

Funny how a nice evening can round in to form on a spontaneous whim! You know if Dan is around that Aubert or Marcassin chardonnay is involved. Tonight, he was the reason for both! Normally, I love Ritchie. Possibly my favorite chard vineyard. The beeswax, waxiness/nuttiness that I get with this vineyard is so unique. A nice Chard but like most Aubert whites, give this at least 3-5 years.

9.2

Michael Phillips

Extraordinary well balanced modest oak great wine

Extraordinary well balanced modest oak great wine

9.7

Mark Flesher

The only thing I really thought of while enjoying this one was "you know, if there was ANOTHER decanter, I would decant this one in a heartbeat." This Chardonnay was full bodied, buttery, and unfortunately was a little locked down. I think I was getting a lot of melon, mango, honeydew. Rather malolactic in the way it coated the palate. I was impressed by this one, but probably the most impressed as to how this one was still a 13 and in great need of more time or time in a decanter! The bones are here, and are solid. But I really think this one needs more time than anything else. Drink 2019-2023.

The only thing I really thought of while enjoying this one was "you know, if there was ANOTHER decanter, I would decant this one in a heartbeat." This Chardonnay was full bodied, buttery, and unfortunately was a little locked down. I think I was getting a lot of melon, mango, honeydew. Rather malolactic in the way it coated the palate. I was impressed by this one, but probably the most impressed as to how this one was still a 13 and in great need of more time or time in a decanter! The bones are here, and are solid. But I really think this one needs more time than anything else. Drink 2019-2023.

9.2

Shay A Delectable Pro

Another great Classic Wine Happy Hour in the books! Always a treat to have a designated day each month where guys can pull out some unique bottles! I really enjoy Ritchie vineyard chards. Big and bold flavors...I find waxiness, honey and lush lemon flavors to be common. This is a very nice chard, but I'd wait another 2-3 years on it.

Another great Classic Wine Happy Hour in the books! Always a treat to have a designated day each month where guys can pull out some unique bottles! I really enjoy Ritchie vineyard chards. Big and bold flavors...I find waxiness, honey and lush lemon flavors to be common. This is a very nice chard, but I'd wait another 2-3 years on it.

9.2