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 AdvocateAnother stunner is the 2014 Chardonnay Sugar Shack. This wine, which was harvested August 18, 2014, was one of the earliest picks Mark Aubert had ever done. The wine offers up great fruit, which includes notes of pineapple, green apple, honeysuckle and peach marmalade. It is full-bodied with exceptional purity, lingering across the palate. Drink it over the next 7-12 years. This is the only vineyard for Chardonnay that he has in Napa Valley.