Aubert Park Avenue Estate Chardonnay 2021
"Aromas of citrus, apple skin, grape skin, vanilla, and brioche. Full-bodied with an oiliness and acidity that runs so long. Sort of rock and roll here. Tight on the finish. Flinty. Needs time to open. Released in the fall, 2023. Better after 2023 to 2024." James Suckling 97 points Drink 2023-36
The 2021 Chardonnay Park Avenue all Hyde clone, is more Hyde than the Hyde, so to speak! It possesses tremendous textural richness and breadth, with plenty of the orange peel, spice and tropical notes that are signatures of this clone. Readers who like opulent Chardonnays will adore the Park Avenue. It's an exquisite wine in every way.
The newest addition to the Aubert lineup, Park Avenue (a former apple orchard) was planted in 2016 to Hyde Old Wente and Montrachet selections. Like all of the Chardonnays, there's a hefty dose of new French oak used in the 2021 Chardonnay Park Avenue, and there does seem to a bit more cedar on the nose here than in the other bottlings. Still, there are attractive, intense notes of lime blossom, white peach, and citrus zest. Full-bodied, rich and round, it's bright, zesty and long on the finish. It should be reasonably available, with 1,900 cases produced.