2008 Aubert Larry Hyde and Sons Vineyard Chardonnay - 750ml

2008 Aubert Larry Hyde and Sons Vineyard Chardonnay - 750ml

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2008 Aubert Larry Hyde and Sons Vineyard Chardonnay - 96-99 pts!
Our winemaking process is carefully guided by a winemaker with a farmer’s heart and artisan’s soul. The essence of making great wine is rooted in a relationship with the land – it’s about the soil, about growing, about nurturing, about farming. We look to nature for guidance and to science for insight, as we craft wine with minimal intervention so a sense of place is elegantly reflected in every bottle of Aubert wine. We believe the intellectual pursuit of winemaking has to be of the highest, most profound level of quality.

The essence of making great wine is rooted in a relationship with the land — it’s about the soil, about growing, about nurturing, about farming. Mark Aubert

Product Details

Varietal Chardonnay
Vintage 2008
Rating 96-99 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 2008 Aubert Larry Hyde and Sons Vineyard Chardonnay - 96-99 pts! 1st Vintage From Carneros, the 2008 Chardonnay Larry Hyde and Sons Vineyard is the most tropical fruit-scented Aubert offering, and it reveals more bold hues to its straw/green color. A dense nose of marmalade, nectarines and tropical fruit (pineapple) is followed by full-bodied, intense flavors and a stony minerality that emerges with coaxing. This is a big, bold, California-styled Chardonnay The 2008 Chardonnay Larry Hyde and Sons Vineyard (the debut vintage of this offering) offers prodigious notes of citrus oil, nectarines, orange blossoms, apples, and a liquid wet stone-like component that gives the wine minerality as well as uplift. It is reminiscent of a Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne. Despite the use of 100% new French oak, the wood is buried under a cascade of fruit, layers of flavor, great acidity, and fabulous purity. This remarkable Chardonnay should evolve for a decade or more. In only a handful of years, Mark Aubert, who received impeccable training at Peter Michael winery, working under Helen Turley, as well as at Colgin and Bryant Family Vineyards, has produced mind-boggling wines under his own label. With the addition of the Hyde Vineyard cuvee, he now produces four Chardonnays as well as two Pinot Noirs. Additional selections should begin to emerge as Aubert is moving away from any consulting business to concentrate on his own winery. His 2008s are candidates for the wines of the vintage, no doubt because of the extraordinarily low yields (his smallest crop to date). This has given the wines an extra level of concentration, which is saying something given the levels of richness achieved in previous vintages. The 2007 Chardonnays confirm the greatness I predicted for them from barrel in 2008. While this was a small crop for Aubert, it was not nearly as tiny as 2008. Aubert prefers to work with the Calera clone of Pinot Noir, although his two vineyards include both the Calera and a suitcase clone from one of Burgundy’s most famous Vosne-Romanee vineyards. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Chardonnay
Vintage 2008
Rating 96-99 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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