From Mark Aubert
A Follow-Up to Our 1999 Interview with
Mark Aubert, Winemaker for Colgin
(August 12, 2001) This week, I chatted briefly with Napa Valley winemaker Mark
Aubert about what's been going on in his career since our 1999 interview.
Here's a brief rundown. I'll be expanding this section soon, when we both
have a little more
APJ: So what's doing, Mark? How is Aubert Wines coming along?
MA: It's coming along very well. In 2000
my wife and I bought a 7 acre chardonnay vineyard on the Vine Hill
appellation near Forestville-Sonoma. It's planted to 4 old clones of
chardonnay—Hudson, Hyde, Calera Corton-Charlemagne, and Mt. Eden
selections. We're really excited about the quality of the vineyard and our
first harvest will be in 2002.
APJ: Anything else?
MA: Plenty! In the same
appellation—just down the street from our vineyard—I've planted
another 6 acres of chardonnay and 1.5 acres of pinot noir. The chardonnay
clones are Mt.Eden, Hudson and a very special selection from Le Montrachet.
The pinot is from a famous source in Vosne-Romanee.
APJ: What's been happening at
Peter Michael since you left them? [NOTE: Mark was the full-time
winemaker at Peter Michael Winery—famed for their Sonoma Chardonnays—until
1999, when he made the jump to consultant and producer.]
MA: We're still closely connected. They asked me to consult with them
and we've hired Luc Morlet to be winemaker in charge. He was formerly with
Newton. Also, Peter Michael Winery
has agreed to sell Aubert
Wines 5 to 7 tons of chardonnay from their estate vineyards.
APJ: What about the Sloan
MA: I oversaw a high-quality 2000
vintage, but as of April of this year, I did not renew my winemaking role.
Working at Sloan was just taking
too much time away from Colgin and my new Chardonnay plantings.
APJ: Speaking of Colgin,
what's happening there?
MA: We've started construction on
Colgin's new winery. It's a very innovative design utilizing
gravity feed, a two tier grape sorting system—and what a view of the
hills around Napa Valley! Also, we've
just finished grafting 20
acres of new estate vineyard around the winery.
APJ: What kind of vines?
MA: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,
Cab Franc, Petit Verdot—even 3
acres of Syrah.
APJ: Mark, thanks so much for
the update. Let's talk again soon.
CONTACT INFORMATION: For more
information about Aubert Wines, write to: Aubert Wines, P.O. Box
828, Calistoga, CA 94515-0828 or send an email
by clicking here.
CLICK HERE to go to the 1999
Mark Aubert Interview
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