The 2014 Sugar Shack Estate Chardonnay continues to blur the lines between Napa Valley Chardonnay and its Sonoma cousins. Restrained and tightly integrated, the 2014 is the most dynamic bottling yet. Please note the greenish hue on the edge of the glass, which is indicative of the health of the wine. Initial intensities of lemon meringue, candied citrus and dried papaya offer more primary notes. Secondary nuances of honeysuckle, graham cracker and spiced apple offer intrigue and oenological insight. While the palate has exceptional density and concentration, it is laced with refreshing minerality. The wine's significant palate presence and ample acidity bode well for 7 - 8 years of cellar life. The wine has a slight hazy clarity showing our commitment to minimal intervention winemaking.
Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Chardonnay Sugar Shack displays a similar character. It was harvested extremely early (on August 18) and has wonderful pineapple, candied Granny Smith apples, honeysuckle and loads of peach marmalade in a full-bodied, dense style, but again with zesty acid. In many ways, these are the most extroverted and exuberant of the Aubert Chardonnays year in and year out.