Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Country United States
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Wine Type White - Still
Vineyard Charles Heintz vineyard is tucked away just to the east of the small hamlet of Occidental. Classic sandy loam soils coupled with the location just above the fog line offers abundant sunshine with cool ocean breezes. The chardonnay vines are 38 years old and Old Wente/4 clones. The vines face south.
Soil Decomposed sandstone.
Viticulture The vines are quadrilateral pruned to maximize air flow and fruit exposure. The selection of Old Wente produces wines with inherent richness, bright acidity and briny minerality. The Ceritas block is organically farmed with high attention to detail. John Raytek does multiple passes through the vines to sort out botrytized fruit before harvesting. Yields are 2.8 tons/acre (36 hl/ha).
Vinification Hand harvested in the middle of the night ensures the fruit arrives to the winery cold and ready to be pressed. Barrel fermented in neutral French oak for 10 months using native yeasts. After 10 months in barrel the wine is racked with light lees to stainless steel for an additional 6 months of aging which further focuses the wine. No fining or filtration.
Aging Aged 10 months in neutral French barrels. Racked with light lees to stainless steel for an additional 6 months of aging.
Notes "The long cool growing season allowed the grapes to mature at a moderate pace. Fruit flavors slowly increased while retaining high natural acidity. Botrytized fruit was field sorted in multiple passes before harvesting. Harvested the second week of September during cool weather in the middle of the night." - John Raytek
Publication Vinous Rating 93
The 2017 Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard is wonderfully layered and expressive, while also remaining very much light on its feet. Yellow orchard fruit, chamomile, wild flowers lemon confit and earthy notes all run through this super-expressive Chardonnay, with a touch of the light tropical overtones that are such a signature of this Sonoma Coast site.
– Antonio Galloni, March 2019