Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

$169

The 2016 Chardonnay Lauren Estate delivers incredibly intense grapefruit essence, lemon peel and green apple notes with touches of nutmeg, fresh ginger, lightly browned toast, marzipan and smoky meat. The palate is built like a brick house with a solid line of refreshing acid framing the complex citrus and spice layers, finishing long and savory. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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Ratings on Delectable

David L Delectable Pro

Needs a 30/45 minute decanting.

Needs a 30/45 minute decanting.

9.5

Bill Bender Delectable Pro

Showing very well and put on weight and some alcohol blew off on day 2. Creamy rich yellow pear, honeyed overtones and nice oak treatment. 2-3 for optimum drinking.

Showing very well and put on weight and some alcohol blew off on day 2. Creamy rich yellow pear, honeyed overtones and nice oak treatment. 2-3 for optimum drinking.

9.4

Greg Gregory Delectable Pro

Wow. Still a baby but wow!

Wow. Still a baby but wow!

9.6

Shay A Delectable Pro

This was my wife’s pick for Mother’s Day yesterday. Consistently my favorite chardonnay out of Aubert’s lineup, this was utterly jaw dropping. This is one of the best white wines I’ve ever had (and is up there with a handful of SQN whites and older Marcassin Chardonnay). Every time I got a new glass, I meant to write a note, and every time I forgot because I couldn’t get over how good this was. It was a touch reductive at first pour, but it yielded to a dizzying array of marzipan, nutmeg, orange blossom, lemon cream and caramel dipped golden delicious apple. On the palate, it continuously evolved revealing powdered sugar coated guava, frosted mango, sea salt and honey roasted nuts. It was both delicate and elegant while also powerful and commanding. The finish lingered for what seemed at least a minute. I still can’t get over how concentrated the fruit was alongside such acidity and structure. Sporting all of these characteristics right now is just a true and complex treat.

This was my wife’s pick for Mother’s Day yesterday. Consistently my favorite chardonnay out of Aubert’s lineup, this was utterly jaw dropping. This is one of the best white wines I’ve ever had (and is up there with a handful of SQN whites and older Marcassin Chardonnay). Every time I got a new glass, I meant to write a note, and every time I forgot because I couldn’t get over how good this was. It was a touch reductive at first pour, but it yielded to a dizzying array of marzipan, nutmeg, orange blossom, lemon cream and caramel dipped golden delicious apple. On the palate, it continuously evolved revealing powdered sugar coated guava, frosted mango, sea salt and honey roasted nuts. It was both delicate and elegant while also powerful and commanding. The finish lingered for what seemed at least a minute. I still can’t get over how concentrated the fruit was alongside such acidity and structure. Sporting all of these characteristics right now is just a true and complex treat.

9.7

Bryan Kesting

A little tight at opening but it really blossomed with a little time. Really good.

A little tight at opening but it really blossomed with a little time. Really good.

9.5

Luis Gimenez

Complex bouquet. Light fruits (apples, pears, apricots, peaches) play with citrus, minerality, and hints of dairy (yogurt tang). Ambiguous floral notes and a slightly more viscous body create a very enjoyable experience.

Complex bouquet. Light fruits (apples, pears, apricots, peaches) play with citrus, minerality, and hints of dairy (yogurt tang). Ambiguous floral notes and a slightly more viscous body create a very enjoyable experience.

9.4

Jim McCusker

Fantastic - the Lauren Vineyard offerings are always my favorite. Absolutely brilliant wine that’s going to continue to evolve beautifully over the next decade. Should have bought a case!

Fantastic - the Lauren Vineyard offerings are always my favorite. Absolutely brilliant wine that’s going to continue to evolve beautifully over the next decade. Should have bought a case!

9.7

Jim McCusker

My favorite of Mark’s single-vineyard chards, the 2016 Lauren is still a bit too young, I think. Intense aromas of lemon peel, hints of vanilla, and maybe a hint of clove, the palate is rich, intense, but just a bit unfocused. I suspect another 1-2 years in bottle, and this wine is going to merit a much higher score. Still an awesome wine on a warm Michigan summer’s eve...

My favorite of Mark’s single-vineyard chards, the 2016 Lauren is still a bit too young, I think. Intense aromas of lemon peel, hints of vanilla, and maybe a hint of clove, the palate is rich, intense, but just a bit unfocused. I suspect another 1-2 years in bottle, and this wine is going to merit a much higher score. Still an awesome wine on a warm Michigan summer’s eve...

9.3

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