Aubin Cellars “Verve”
Aubin Cellars is a boutique producer of multiple varieties including Pinot Noir under the “Verve” label. The
2006 Pinot Noirs are sourced from the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast and Dundee Hills of Oregon.
French-born owner Jérôme Aubin is an importer of oak barrels from Rousseau of Burgundy, St. Martin of
Bordeaux, Allary of Cognac, A&K of Missouri and Balazs of Hungary. He also imports wine concrete tanks
from Nomblot of Burgundy. The label was founded in 2001. The name “Verve” translates as “crafted with
enthusiasm, vigor and integrity.” Verve is also a bilingual French-American noun reflecting Aubin Cellars’
The winemakers are Loren Tayerie (California bottlings) and Ray Walsh, formerly of King Estate and now with
his own label, Capitello (Oregon bottlings). The wines have been consistently fine with attractive artwork on
the labels and sensible prices. I have reviewed the wines a number of times very favorably. The two wines
below are the best I have sampled from this producer to date. For the 2007 vintage, Pinot Noirs will be
produced from Stoller Vineyard and Momtazi Vineyard in the Willamette Valley. Four California bottlings will
include appellation wines from the Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, Monterey and Santa Cruz Mountains.
2006 Verve Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
alc., 110 cases, $33 ($264 a case). Sourced from Stoller
Vineyard. Label artist is Michelle Bonnetain of France.
is quite pleasant featuring aromas of strawberries and red
raspberries, a touch of good barnyard and a nice oak spin.
Delicious darker red fruit and pomegranate flavors saturate the palate with a
sidecar of oak and a touch of brown sugar. Juicy with refreshing acidity,
gossamer tannins and a silky mouth feel. Very enjoyable.
2006 Verve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.6% alc., 425 cases, $33.
Label art by Gerard Schnieder of France. Yields 2.2 tons per acre average.
Clones are Pommard, 777, 828, Beringer and Cruz. Harvested at 27º Brix. 100%
de-stemmed. Aged 17 months in 40% new French oak barrels. Unfined and
Bright effusive Bing cherry and strawberry aromas with a hint of
cardamon spice and marzipan. Crisp and juicy dark red ripe cherry fruit with a
little sassafras, root beer, raisin and spice accents. No rough edges, no
discernible tannins. An easy drinking wine that is a bit on the ripe side but quite
Verve Pinot Noirs are available on the website at www.aubincellars.com. This is a producer with a bright