2008 Aubert "Larry Hyde and Sons" Carneros Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From Carneros, the 2008 Chardonnay Larry Hyde and Sons Vineyard is the most tropical fruit-scented Aubert offering, and it reveals more bold hues to its straw/green color. A dense nose of marmalade, nectarines and tropical fruit (pineapple) is followed by full-bodied, intense flavors and a stony minerality that emerges with coaxing. This is a big, bold, California-styled Chardonnay to enjoy over the next 5-7 years. (RP)
Fresh, rich, intense and vibrant, with a deep concentration of flavors built around firm apple, pear, honeysuckle and spice. The flavors fan out nicely on the long, persistent finish.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Hazy appearance. Aromas of dried citrus peel, linden tea and hazelnut, with more vibrant notes of lemon zest and ginger emerging with aeration. Dense, strong and aromatic, with penetrating acidity buffered on the back end by a saline impression of extract. The youthful tartness and phenolic impression of this wine actually reminded me of a young Corton-Charlemagne, but this wine will require patience.