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Aubert Chardonnay Sugar Shack Estate Napa Valley 2021 (Magnum 1.5L)  - First Bottle


98 James Suckling -
So much gunpowder to the lemon rind and cooked apple aromas. Goes flinty. Lemon curd. Some sliced pineapple. Full-bodied with a compacted palate and a glossy texture to it. Very, very creamy. Honey. Candied lemon. Oily, but then goes fresh and zesty. Drinkable now, but will age beautifully.
96-98 The Wine Idependent -
The 2021 Chardonnay Sugar Shack was tasted as a tank sample, due to be bottled in December 2022. It rolls effortlessly out of the glass with alluring notes of juicy nectarines, honeydew melon, and lemon pastilles, plus wafts of sassafras and marzipan. Full-bodied, the flavors build in the mouth, stacking layers of citrus, melon, and spices, finishing opulent. This is the Montrachet Clone – what Mark calls “the citrus circus” clone.
94-96 Vinous -
The 2021 Chardonnay Sugar Shack is a classic Mark Aubert wine. Creamy and ample in feel, the 2021 is super-expressive right out of the gate. Soft, silky contours frame lemon confit, white flowers, tangerine oil and lightly honeyed overtones that appear with aeration. All the elements are so well balanced. The Sugar Shack is one of the more immediate wines in this range and will drink well pretty much upon release.
93-95 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The warmest site in Aubert's portfolio, the 2021 Chardonnay Sugar Shack comes from Mark and Teresa's home property on the western side of the Rutherford AVA. Planted in 2008 to a Montrachet selection and managed by David Abreu, it offers up attractive aromas of toasted hazelnuts and ripe peaches. Big, broad and fleshy in the mouth, it turns a bit angular on the finish, providing a bright, fresh counterpoint to the earlier opulence. 700 cases produced.

Technical Details

  • WinemakerMark Aubert
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • Sub-RegionNorth Coast
  • AppellationNapa Valley
  • VineyardSugar Shack Estate Vineyard
  • Alcohol15.%

Aubert Chardonnay Sugar Shack Estate Napa Valley 2021 (Magnum 1.5L)

Chardonnay  |  US
JS98, TWI96-98, VN94-96, WA93-95

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Now this is just… radiant. We’re catching unmistakable aromas of simmer-ripe peach, honeyed orange blossom, lemon zest and wild herbs. Balanced by lively acidity and showcasing, this superb Chardonnay is destined to delight over the next 10 to 15 years. Embracing minimal intervention winemaking, its slightly hazy appearance reflects Aubert’s commitment to authenticity and purity.

About the Producer

Mark Aubert has loved farming since, well, since forever. Raised in St. Helena with farming in his blood and returning to the Napa Valley after university graduation, Mark is a career winemaker whose life passions converged when he and his wife, Teresa, founded Aubert Wines in the late 1990s. Combining his love of farming, passion for growing grapes and a relentless obsession for detail, you have the inspiration behind Aubert. Mark crafts the wines of Aubert to speak gently to a variety of wine lovers with one thing in common? Elective palates that expect nothing but the best.