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2006 Aubert Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard
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Reviews for 2006 Aubert Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2007
There are over 200 cases of the 2006 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard. Lemon oil buttered nectarine orange marmalade pear and hints of brioche and hazelnut are all present in this opulent beautifully fruit-driven yet...
There are over 200 cases of the 2006 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard. Lemon oil buttered nectarine orange marmalade pear and hints of brioche and hazelnut are all present in this opulent beautifully fruit-driven yet strikingly rich and full-bodied Chardonnay. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. 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.
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2008
Good full medium yellow with a green tinge. Fruit-driven aromas of pineapple pear citrus peel and hazelnut. Fleshy fat and oily with a thickness of texture leavened by fresh flavors of pineapple and nectarine. Very...
Good full medium yellow with a green tinge. Fruit-driven aromas of pineapple pear citrus peel and hazelnut. Fleshy fat and oily with a thickness of texture leavened by fresh flavors of pineapple and nectarine. Very densely packed and long. Aubert hasn't missed a beat with his Ritchie bottling which is consistently one of California's elite chardonnays.
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, July 2008
Fresh fragrant lemon-lime and citrus scents pick up subtle pear fig and apple flavors that are sleek and refined. Gains richness on the finish yet remains impeccably elegant. Drink now through 2011.
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