Aubert UV SL Vineyard Chardonnay 2020
|California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
Not since Robert Parker himself reviewed this wine have vintages of it scored in this vicinity. When viewed in isolation, the 2020 Chardonnay UV-SL is a thrilling wine; only in the rarified air of Aubert's range could a 94-point rating be considered disappointing. It's more linear and direct than the opulent, flamboyant 2021, with pronounced notes of crushed stone framing lime zest and white peaches. Full-bodied yet zesty, clean and refreshing, it's a laser beam of bright fruit, seemingly without the typical Aubert fleshy curvaceousness. Some drinkers may even prefer it for that stylistic leaning.
The 2020 Chardonnay UV-SL Vineyard is bright and nicely focused, with terrific energy driving the citrus flavors. There is a bit of edginess at the moment. It is hard to know how and if that will resolve, but I think it is worth noting the hardness at present.