Aubert

Eastside Russian River Valley Chardonnay

9.4312 ratings
9.439 pro ratings
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Ron R
9.5

Thought I’d check in on this bad boy, and all is well. Aubert could be the patron saint of Cali chards - he (inc. Kistler and Mount Eden) set the standard against which most of the multitude are judged. For me, this represents the dew of brilliance in a glass. When you taste it, it explains itself. The nose displays a hint of caramel, honeycomb and biscotti. The mid-palate is ethereal - at this point, you know you have fallen into good hands. Acidity is relaxed, and the oak treatment frames this up well. Finishes sweet with an uncommon density.
I’m modifying an author’s prose when I say, “Tasting wine is like viewing art. Most of it isn’t great, and the good stuff is out of our price range.” Aubert occupies the latter category.

Thought I’d check in on this bad boy, and all is well. Aubert could be the patron saint of Cali chards - he (inc. Kistler and Mount Eden) set the standard against which most of the multitude are judged. For me, this represents the dew of brilliance in a glass. When you taste it, it explains itself. The nose displays a hint of caramel, honeycomb and biscotti. The mid-palate is ethereal - at this point, you know you have fallen into good hands. Acidity is relaxed, and the oak treatment frames this up well. Finishes sweet with an uncommon density.
I’m modifying an author’s prose when I say, “Tasting wine is like viewing art. Most of it isn’t great, and the good stuff is out of our price range.” Aubert occupies the latter category.

Oct 2nd, 2022
Paco Suro

Wow.

Wow.

Feb 13th, 2022
Shay A
9.5

One of the birthday bottles I opened for my 33rd. Aubert chardonnays, for me, are the total package. Aside from Marcassin (and even then, it’s not fair because the 2013 hasn’t been officially released yet), there is no other new world producer of Chardonnay I’d rather have. I opened this Eastside because it was in the home cellar and I didn’t feel like traveling to storage...good and bad scenario!

Opening their single vineyard chards this young (aside from Hudson), is normally a crime, but I read a lot of reviews of how good this was young and WOW are they right. Aromatically it sports Aubert’s signature lemon cream, ginger, honey roasted cashews and a slight reductive note. The palate shows plenty of lemon cream, marzipan, smoked lemon, and stone fruit like guava...what makes this a standout (like other Aubert chards), is the acidity and structure. Normally this would make a chard flabby or over the top, but it wears this profile so well. I could have polished this off with a straw.

My almost two-year old’s card in the background. 👌🏼

One of the birthday bottles I opened for my 33rd. Aubert chardonnays, for me, are the total package. Aside from Marcassin (and even then, it’s not fair because the 2013 hasn’t been officially released yet), there is no other new world producer of Chardonnay I’d rather have. I opened this Eastside because it was in the home cellar and I didn’t feel like traveling to storage...good and bad scenario!

Opening their single vineyard chards this young (aside from Hudson), is normally a crime, but I read a lot of reviews of how good this was young and WOW are they right. Aromatically it sports Aubert’s signature lemon cream, ginger, honey roasted cashews and a slight reductive note. The palate shows plenty of lemon cream, marzipan, smoked lemon, and stone fruit like guava...what makes this a standout (like other Aubert chards), is the acidity and structure. Normally this would make a chard flabby or over the top, but it wears this profile so well. I could have polished this off with a straw.

My almost two-year old’s card in the background. 👌🏼

Apr 16th, 2021
David L

17’ Aubert Eastside. Each year I have a favorite from the vintage. Generally enjoy my Aubert chards 4/7 years of age. This thus far is my favorite 17 from Mark. 15-17s seems to be much more approachable young.

17’ Aubert Eastside. Each year I have a favorite from the vintage. Generally enjoy my Aubert chards 4/7 years of age. This thus far is my favorite 17 from Mark. 15-17s seems to be much more approachable young.

Feb 7th, 2021
David L

Simply wow. Dare I say even better next year.!?!

Simply wow. Dare I say even better next year.!?!

Nov 22nd, 2020
Michael Herzog

Probably the best Aubert Chard I have ever had. The way it evolved and the balance between oak, acid, fruit, and mineral was special. Toward the end of the night it was leaning into a grand cru Burgundy. It was new world, but had those leanings. A special wine for sure.

Probably the best Aubert Chard I have ever had. The way it evolved and the balance between oak, acid, fruit, and mineral was special. Toward the end of the night it was leaning into a grand cru Burgundy. It was new world, but had those leanings. A special wine for sure.

Nov 19th, 2020
David L

This needed time in the bottle. Better now then ever. Cheers! Edit- Incredible

This needed time in the bottle. Better now then ever. Cheers! Edit- Incredible

Jul 30th, 2020
David L

16’ Aubert Eastside Chardonnay. Did this deserve a perfect score from Jeb & Parker?
I think Lauren /CIX / UV-SL consistently year after year outperformed this. Possibly could be Mark’s best 2016. TBD!?!
Happy Father’s Day! Edit - If you’re opening it anytime soon, decant it for a bit.

16’ Aubert Eastside Chardonnay. Did this deserve a perfect score from Jeb & Parker?
I think Lauren /CIX / UV-SL consistently year after year outperformed this. Possibly could be Mark’s best 2016. TBD!?!
Happy Father’s Day! Edit - If you’re opening it anytime soon, decant it for a bit.

Jun 21st, 2020
Ron R
9.5

First quaff of the week...
Nose displays fresh cut flowers and caramel. Palate is chameleon like, starting with honeycomb, summers day and sea spray. Light and breezy with a light texture. Finishes long with moderate sweetness. These wines are worth every cent, and some.

First quaff of the week...
Nose displays fresh cut flowers and caramel. Palate is chameleon like, starting with honeycomb, summers day and sea spray. Light and breezy with a light texture. Finishes long with moderate sweetness. These wines are worth every cent, and some.

May 8th, 2020
David L

Drinking exceptional. Mark’s Chardonnay with a bit of time in a bottle are a absolute treat. Highly recommended.

Drinking exceptional. Mark’s Chardonnay with a bit of time in a bottle are a absolute treat. Highly recommended.

Dec 20th, 2019