Mark Aubert is considered one of the best winemakers in the world. The waitlist for his wines takes years to break through. 12 times has his wines received 100-points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and scored a perfect score for this one from Antonio Galloni and Vinous Media. He’s consistently in the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list including this wine which was #11 in their Top 100 List for 2021 and was recognized by the magazine as “California’s Chardonnay Master”.
The Eastside vineyard is a warmer site in Russian River, composed of very rocky, gravelly soils, forcing the vines to really struggle. It is planted to Montrachet clone. Marc farms it to perfection every year, but especially in the 2019 vintage. This wine came and went seemingly overnight.
Another 100-point masterpiece from the Chardonnay Master, this one not only dazzled Vinous who gave the perfect review, by the Wine Spectator who made this #11 in their Top 100 Wines of 2021. It’s perfection in a bottle.
100 Points, Vinous
The 2019 Chardonnay Eastside Vineyard is deep, powerful and packed. Lemon confit, crushed rocks, menthol, graphite, chamomile and vanillin infuse the 2019 with striking layers of dimension. Bright acids give the sculpted finish tremendous persistence. Montrachet clone on Riparia rootstock in a rocky site yields a Chardonnay of rare distinction and class.
99 Points, James Suckling
A lovely nose of fresh herbs and ground, peppery spice with fresh flowers, lime leaf and baked citrus. Full-bodied and speckled with white pepper and honeysuckle. Driving and well-balanced acidity is at the center of the palate and makes it hum with fruitful intensity. Such a pleasure to drink. Truly superb. Drink or hold.
98 Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2019 Chardonnay Eastside sails out of the glass with zesty citrus scents of lemons, kaffir lime leaves and mandarin peel with an underlying jasmine perfume and a waft of blanched almonds. The palate is tightly wound and very finely knit, delivering loads of nuanced layers and a crisp backbone, finishing long and steely. Eastside is a warmer site in Russian River, composed of very rocky, gravelly soils, forcing the vines to really struggle. It is planted to Montrachet clone.