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2016 Aubert Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard Chardonnay

ITEM 8458409 - Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar; Purchased direct from a distributor

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
phiev 2 $125 $250
2 $125
Item Sold Amount Date
I8531667 6 $135 Nov 20, 2022
I8531224 1 $125 Nov 20, 2022
I8458409 2 $125 Oct 2, 2022
I8369031 1 $120 Aug 7, 2022
I8365918 2 $130 Aug 7, 2022
I8365918 1 $120 Aug 7, 2022
I8328799 2 $125 Jul 17, 2022
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RATINGS

97Vinous / IWC

...so delicate, precise and nuanced... Candied lemon peel & lifted floral notes... striking, beautifully delineated Chardonnay. In most vintages, Hyde tends to give a decidedly forward style of Chardonnay. Mark Aubert's 2016 is all finesse.

96Wine Spectator

Voluptuous and creamy, with densely packed flavors of apple pastry, pear tart and peach and hints of mango that are long and rich. The plush, complex finish is filled with notes of spice and dried herbs.

95-97The Wine Advocate

...provocative savory/meaty nose with yeast extract, brine & nut nuances over a core of ripe pears & white peaches, lime leaves... stone fruit & savory layers with a lovely oiliness to the texture offset by a racy acid line, finishing long.

#6 of 2018Wine Spectator Top 100

PRODUCER

Aubert

Aubert Wines produces what many consider California’s first “cult Chardonnay.” Mark Aubert is the owner and operator of the Calistoga-based winery, and his single-vineyard Chardonnays are regularly compared to Grand Cru Burgundies. Aubert, who grew up in Napa Valley and worked as the winemaker for Peter Michael and Colgin, bought seven acres of Chardonnay vineyards in the Sonoma Coast AVA in 2000. Since then he has also planted Pinot Noir in western Sonoma County. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that “it is hard to find better Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs than those created by Mark Aubert under his Aubert label.” Production is extremely limited and the Aubert wines are generally available only through the winery’s mailing list.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Carneros

Carneros AVA, also known as Los Carneros, is at the southern end of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys at the top of the San Francisco Bay. The 8,000 vineyard acres are mostly planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, both of which thrive in the district’s cool, marine climate. Carneros became an AVA in 1983 and it has attracted foreign wine companies along with local producers. It has been especially appealing to European producers of sparkling wines including the giant Spanish cava producers Codorniu and Frexinet, and the French Champagne house Taittinger. Codorniu in Carneros is called Artesa, and Frexinet’s Carneros brand is Gloria Ferrer. Taittinger calls its Carneros winery Domaine Carneros. The European producers also make still wines in Carneros.

TYPE

White Wine, Chardonnay

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.