Aubert Sugar Shack Estate Chardonnay Magnum 2015
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. The 2015 is a towering effort with exuberant notes of stone fruits, mango, roasted almonds and wild fennel. Rich and muscular, yet vibrant and fresh, this is a wonderfully hedonistic expression of Chardonnay.