Aubert Vineyards - 2012 - Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay - 750 ml.
Region: Russian River Valley
Vintage: 2012 - Size: 750 ml. - Type: WhiteThe aromatics are amplified-akin to dried apricots, lemon oil and even green tea oil. Site specific aromatics such as baked red apples, hints of jasmine, and flint give the wine an organic sense of place. The palate, most notably, has incredible grs with powerful cut and length. The 2012 Lauren is naturally clear with green chlorophyll-like tints on the edge. It will age on a very slow path, and by my assessment should drink well for 7-10 years. The wine has a slight hazy clarity showing their commitment to minimal intervention winemaking.
Rating 98+. We finished the Chardonnay portion of the tasting with Mark Aubert’s favorite wine, the 2012 Chardonnay Lauren Estate, which comes from rich Goldridge soils. There are 1,000 cases of this straw/greenish-colored beauty fashioned from various clones, including the Old Wente, Hyde, Hudson Corton-Charlemagne selection and the Mt. Eden clones. It possesses more of a tannic backbone than its siblings because of its grip. Full-bodied with lots of honeyed citrus, orange marmalade and abundant fruit on the attack and mid-palate, this youthful Chardonnay seems barely touched by its oak aging. All of these 2012s will be irresistible when released in 2014, but should age beautifully for 6-10+ years.