Aubert 2012 Eastside Vineyard Chardonnay
Chardonnay came back in a big way in vintage 2012 and Mark Aubert was certainly on his game, based on the blockbuster results he produced with the recent release of his 2012 Chardonnay wines.
Aubert is revered for his outstanding vineyard-designate estate Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, as well as for those sourced from various other vineyards throughout the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast, to which few others have access.
Aubertís passion for Eastside Vineyard begins with its rocky slopes and cobbled soil, and ends with the small, concentrated clusters that these vines struggle to produce each year. Distinctive site-specific undertones with complex fruit-driven overtones exemplify an Aubert wine and make Eastside worthy of annual vineyard designate.
The Eastside Chardonnay was harvested right as the flavors peaked. The 2012 vintageís warm days and cool nights in the Russian River led grapes to an intense concentration. Each block was picked at night, and a mere twelve hours later, the fresh juice was in barrel. Fermentation was conducted in barrel and took a lengthy four months to complete. The wine was aged in 75% new French oak barrels for 12 months, and then carefully racked to tank. The wine was then left to clarify for another three months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. The result is another profound effort of soil-induced nuances and amplified textures.
Here is what Robert Parker had to say about the Aubert 2012 Eastside Chardonnay:
99-100 POINTS ROBERT PARKERíS WINE ADVOCATE: "The 2012 Chardonnay East Side, a vineyard owned by top viticulturist Ulises Valdez, is a 1,000-case cuvee that reveals a liquified wet stone character intermixed with notes of white currants, quince, honeysuckle, pineapple and peach marmalade. Strong minerality as well as a remarkable finish make this a candidate for perfection.Ē