Aubert: 2007 Lauren Chardonnay (WA 97 points)
Peter Michael: 2007 La Carriere Chardonnay (WA 96 points)
Marcassin: 2007 Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay (WA 99 points)
SQN: 2006 Hoodoo Man (not a totally fair comparison, but it’s the closest I could get with a SQN white) (WA 97 points)
Note: all of these could have benefitted from 2-3 or more years of age. SQN probably would have benefitted from more than that
Color: very comparable across each. Light straw color. SQN was a deeper golden straw, but to be expected given that it is a blend
Peter Michael: nice clean citrus nose and notes of lemon on the finish. Pleasant and not overpowering butter/oak notes.
Aubert: very similar to Peter Michael (not surprising given that Aubert trained at Peter Michael) but perhaps with some brighter acidity. Not so much a lemon note as a fuller "fruit note." Not sure how best to describe it, but this wine has a great nose and long-lasting finish.
Marcassin: Definitely more Burgundian in style than Peter Michael or Aubert. I would struggle to adequately capture the taste notes here. There is a light butter note somewhere in the middle, nice acidity but not so definitively lemon as the PM and Aubert.
SQN: A bit of a mystery to me. My palatte has never been able to fully appreciate SQN white. I always walk away thinking, "That was interesting." Certainly not unpleasant, but very different. Bolder, not as bright as they other whites in the lineup (again which makes sense given that it isn't a Chardonnay). A lot of minerality going on and much less pronounced oak/butter notes than in the others. Again, an interesting offering from SQN that is likely quite palate specific.
THE WINNER (among 6 tasters): Aubert was the unanimous winner closely followed by Marcassin (for me) and Peter Michael (5 others in the group who are admitted non-Burgundy fans). We could not fairly compare SQN so people fell into one of three camps -- Love it, Like it, don't care for it. Most people were in the like it camp; 1 was in the Love it because it is so refreshingly different camp; and I still hover in the like it/don't care for it camp.