Aubert Sugar Shack Estate Chardonnay 2018
Exalted Chardonnay master, Mark Aubert, wanted the Sugar Shack Vineyard in Rutherford to demonstrate how the stylistic gap between warmer Napa and more elegant Sonoma Chardonnay could be narrowed. In essence he wanted to create Chardonnay that was both bombastic and powerful, yet could be terroir driven and maintained high acidity and freshness. The 2018 does this with aplomb, and then some. A superb release of incredible breadth and density yet wonderful liveliness and potential longevity.