I’m usually not one to spend a lot of money on a Chardonnay, as I strongly feel, for around $30 or so you can have a fantastic bottle that fires on all cylinders. However, I do find myself splurging ever so often. Whether it’s a good review or a hard to find bottle that I happen upon, sometimes I spend around $80. Yes, I know, that is a lot to spend, and my wife would agree with you, but sometimes you just do it.
Mark Aubert, the renowned winemaker who worked for the Peter Michael Winery and has been at Colgin Cellars since 1999, has his own project, Aubert, which continues to receive good reviews from the experts. I purchased two different Chardonnay’s off of their mailing list, mainly because Mr. Parker was generous with his scores. I opened this Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, from the Ritchie Vineyard, and although I enjoyed it, I didn’t as much as RP, who rated it 94-96 pts. For the money, I was a little disappointed, which has left me with a new motto: just drink wine that’s good, and inexpensive.
Wine: 2004 Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Notes: A very nice wine, straw colored and cloudy with a fresh nose of lemon grass and apple, bright acidity with flavors of vanilla and apple, and a touch of oak. A very nice mouthfeel and finish. This bottle seems like it would age nicely, and perhaps isn’t showing full potential right now.
Score: 92 JAT