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Professional Ratings: 95 Vinous / Antonio Galloni, 92 Wine Spectator
Region: Sonoma County, California
Other Info: Collectible Wines, Boutique Wines
Style: Rich & Creamy
Item no. 125492
The 2011 Lauren Estate Chardonnay always reminds one of a hypothetical vintage blend of Sonoma Coast meets White Burgundy. This 2011 Lauren is naturally clear with green chlorophyll tints on edge. Aromatics are classic Lauren with nuances of lemon-mineral, dried pear and even some green tea-like tones. The pronounced aromatics of fruits and minerals give an organic sense of place. The bouquet is multi-faceted with hints of apple-baked goods and wet stones. The mouth feel presents a glycerin top note, followed by an acid structure only found at Lauren.
The wine has a slight hazy clarity showing Aubert's commitment to minimal interventional winemaking.
Aubert's 2011 Chardonnay Lauren Vineyard flows across the palate with hints of butter, marzipan, spices, nectarines and dried apricots. Rich, voluptuous and creamy, the 2011 is another of the more overt wines in this range. Still, there is more than enough underlying minerality to balance the fruit. The old Wente and Montrachet clones work well here, but the vines are only 12 years old, which suggests the best is still very much in the future.
Ultrarich and intense, with waves of smoke, fig, apricot and tangerine flavors, firming and narrowing on the finish.