Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Country United States
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Wine Type White - Still
Vineyard West Sonoma Coast. 33 acres// 5 acres of the vineyard have never been sprayed or irrigated, organic from the start. Raytek shares the 5 acres block with Ted Lemon. But this site simply begged for wine grapes, specifically Chardonnay, with its classic Goldridge sandy loam soils, and the location just above the fog line, offering abundant sunshine with cool ocean breezes. So in 1980, with the assistance of winegrowing pioneer Warren Dutton, Charlie planted Chardonnay. These three-decade-old vines are one of the oldest Chardonnay vineyards on the Sonoma Coast.
Soil Goldridge sandy loam soils
Viticulture Vineyard is farmed organically and no irrigation is used. Old Wente clone, AXR Rootstock
Vinification Whole cluster crushed and pressed, juice pumped into tank and allowed juice to settle before being barreled down. Racked into neutral barrels. Fermentation happens in barrel in a room of 65-70 to entice natural fermentation and then moved to cellar, around 50 degrees, to allow slow fermentation. 11 month in neutral barrels, Malolactic finishes. Racked into stainless steel, elevage 5-6 months before bottling. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Aging 11 months in neutral barrel. 5-6 months in stainless steel tank.
Publication Vinous Rating 93
Usually one of the more overt wines in the range, the 2016 Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard gives the impression that it needs more time in bottle to be at its most expressive. As always, the Heintz is distinguished by its layered, creamy palate feel. The aromatics and fruit still need to emerge, but all the elements are nicely woven together. Even so, I expect the 2016 will always be a relatively understated Heintz Chardonnay.
– Antonio Galloni, July 2018