Mark Aubert’s wine career was given perhaps the greatest push one can receive when he was hired by Peter Michael Winery in 1989. It was there Aubert had the once in a lifetime opportunity to study directly under Helen Turley at Peter Michael Winery. In the ten years that followed, Aubert would leave Peter Michael first for Colgin, then to Sloane and Futo before ending up as the head winemaker at Bryant Family. But although he loved working with Bryant Family’s signature Cabs, it was the Burgundian varietals that always suited him the most. In 1999, he left Bryant Family to start Aubert wines. Since that time, he has reached every milestone any winemaker could dream of, and there is no signs of stopping now. Considered one of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay winemakers in the U.S. and anywhere else, he has been on the receiving end of twelve 100-point wines so far in his illustrious career.
In 2018, the fruit coming off the vine was fantastic, but much to the chagrin of Mark and the team, drought conditions from previous years kept yields to a minimum. As such, Mark didn’t have enough fruit to bottle all of the single-vineyard wines he normally does. That benefitted the Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir greatly, which has a wonderful mix from his collection of vineyards. 96 Points and a wonderful review from Jeb Dunnuck that you can read below. Released for $125/btl, it is available to us today for 20% off that price, $100/btl for America’s greatest answer to Red Burgundy.
96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
Beautifully done, the 2018 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast has an incredible sense of purity and finesse while packing plenty of classic California fruit. Vivid ruby-hued with a kaleidoscopic array of framboise, spring flowers, charcoal, toasted spices, and damp earth, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, incredible purity of fruit, integrated acidity, and a great finish. This quintessential Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is already drinking brilliantly yet will keep for at least 7-8 years.