"Named after Mark Aubert’s daughter, the 2013 Chardonnay Lauren Estate is made from Old Wente clones as well as the Mt. Eden clone planted in Goldridge soils. This stony, mineral-laced, crisp yet full-bodied effort comes across as a California version of a Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne. Citrus oil, tangerine skin, orange blossom, liquified rock, white flower and quince notes along with great fruit, a full-bodied, stunning texture, and a long finish with no noticeable oak suggest this prodigious Chardonnay will drink well for 10+ years. (98-100 points)" –Dec 2014, Robert Parker
"Apricot pit, peach, wild flowers and honey meld together in Aubert's 2013 Chardonnay Lauren Vineyard. The soft contours are shaped by 100% new French oak, all of which is already fully integrated. Sweet, voluptuous and layered, the Lauren captures the essence of Mark Aubert's style. Even with all of its obvious opulence and texture, the Lauren needs time in bottle. I also tasted the 2003 and 2005 on this visit, two wines that are peaking right now."
"Delivers a laser beam of zesty acidity amid a chorus of green apple, lemon-citrus, pippin apple and tart butterscotch flavors. Maintains a trim, elegant profile on the long, mouthwatering finish." –July 2015
The Lauren Estate Vineyard is planted on a unique profile of gravelly gold-ridge soils and is comprised of four distinct Chardonnay clones. Each clonal block is harvested separately. Primary and secondary fermentation are conducted in barrel and take nearly eight months to complete. Blended only before the final racking, each lot is scrutinized and evaluated. The wine is aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 10 months, then carefully racked to tank for four months before bottling.