2005 Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay - 750ml

2005 Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay - 750ml

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2005 Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay - 96 Pts!
The 2005 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard has notes of nectarines lemon oil marmalade roasted pineapple and a hint of smoky toasty oak but a very subtle one. Stunningly rich full-bodied opulent but with zesty acidity a hallmark of all these 2005s this wine looks set for 5-7 years of evolution. Mark Aubert is on the move leaving Colgin Winery in favor of working for the Bryant Family Vineyard while at the same time producing some of the world's greatest Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. He seems to have a plate filled with both potential and stress. The bad news is that one of his suppliers decided his Chardonnays were just too profound for the Quarry Vineyard and will no longer sell him fruit from that source and in 2006 there was so little Reuling available that cuvee was not made either. In short there are two fewer Chardonnays for the 2006 vintage! Nevertheless those who got on the mailing list and secured some of his 2005 Chardonnays have some of the finest Chardonnays ever made in California at their beck and call. Of course these are made from old Wente clones of Chardonnay given full malolactic aged on their lees and bottled with no clarification. RP

Product Details

Varietal Chardonnay
Vintage 2005
Rating 96 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Aubert
Color White
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 96 RP - 2005 Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay - 96 Pts! The 2005 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard has notes of nectarines lemon oil marmalade roasted pineapple and a hint of smoky toasty oak but a very subtle one. Stunningly rich full-bodied opulent but with zesty acidity a hallmark of all these 2005s this wine looks set for 5-7 years of evolution. Mark Aubert is on the move leaving Colgin Winery in favor of working for the Bryant Family Vineyard while at the same time producing some of the world's greatest Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. He seems to have a plate filled with both potential and stress. The bad news is that one of his suppliers decided his Chardonnays were just too profound for the Quarry Vineyard and will no longer sell him fruit from that source and in 2006 there was so little Reuling available that cuvee was not made either. In short there are two fewer Chardonnays for the 2006 vintage! Nevertheless those who got on the mailing list and secured some of his 2005 Chardonnays have some of the finest Chardonnays ever made in California at their beck and call. Of course these are made from old Wente clones of Chardonnay given full malolactic aged on their lees and bottled with no clarification. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Chardonnay
Vintage 2005
Rating 96 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Aubert
Color White
Wine Type Table

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