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2017 Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay
Varietal
Chardonnay

Vintage
2017
Charles Heintz Vineyard

Appellation
Russian River Valley

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$46.00
 
SKU: 09599.17
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$552.00
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Charles Heintz has been growing some of California’s finest Chardonnay grapes for decades. His namesake vineyard is located in the westernmost part of the Russian River Valley, making it our coolest climate site. Charlie says, “It’s like growing Chardonnay in a rain cloud out here.” These unique conditions create stunningly complex wine with classic citrus layers and tropical notes of Brazilian Feijoa fruit and honey. Though supple and mouth-filling, a vibrant streak of acidity adds poise and precision to the generous fruit.

  • Tasting Notes
    The first impression of the aromas is one of exotic complexity, with classic citrus layers and tropical notes of Brazilian Feijoia fruit and honey. Though supple and mouth-filling on the palate, a vibrant streak of acidity adds poise and precision to the generous fruit, while drawing the flavors to a bright, potent finish.
  • Wine Origin
    Charles Heintz has been growing premium Chardonnay grapes for decades. His namesake vineyard is located in the westernmost part of the Russian River Valley, making it our coolest climate site. Charlie himself has said, “It’s like growing Chardonnay in a rain cloud out here.”
  • Production Notes
    The 2017 growing season started off as a wet one. Record rainfall through April invigorated the vines and bolstered canopies. Moderate-to-warm temperatures followed, allowing the vines to bloom and mature fruit in a balanced and tempered way. We did apply more leafing in our canopy management to counter the invigorating effects of the rain. All of our Chardonnay blocks were picked prior to the devastating wine country fires in early October, leaving all wine lots free of possible smoke influence. Grapes were picked September 26th, 2017.
  • Winemaker Notes
    In order to maximize quality, all grapes went direct to press as whole clusters. After pressing and settling, the juice was racked into French oak barrels for fermentation. Once dry and finished with malo-lactic fermentation, the lots were aged in barrel for 10 months on the lees, with occasional stirring to increase richness and body. On order to offer some subtle oak influence, this wine was aged in French oak barrels, 86% of which were one-year-old, with no new oak used. The wine was then bottled on August 13th, 2018.