Aubert Vineyards - 2013 - Eastside Chardonnay - 750 ml.
Region: Russian River Valley
Vintage: 2013 - Size: 750 ml. - Type: WhiteThe 2013 Eastside Chardonnay is a pure expression of site-specific minerality. Initially, there are intense fruit aromas of dried papaya, pear and nectarine. Soil born aromas arise, and the wine rounds out with crushed rocks, wet steel and white flowers. The organic nature of these aromas offers intense minerality that defines the vintage. On the palate, pear tartan, fig brioche and marzipan display incredible opulence. The unique structure of our Chardonnay is focused with powerful length on the palate, and will allow this wine to age for 8+ years. The wine has a slight hazy clarity showing our commitment to minimal intervention winemaking.
The 2013 Chardonnay Eastside is from a vineyard owned by Ulises Valdez, and planted with the Montrachet clone on the very low-yielding rootstock called riparia gloire. This wine displays terrific intensity, plenty of stony minerality, and great precision in its notes of subtle white peach, pineapple, almond paste, brioche and crème brûlée. This is a killer wine and a perfect example of 2013 Chardonnay at its best. I never thought this wine could hit this peak, but the proof is in the tasting, and the wine, which was somewhat shy and reserved after bottling, has truly come to life over the last three to four months. This five-acre vineyard sits on a west-facing hill on Eastside Road in the Russian River. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.