2014 Amici Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay

92points

James Suckling

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Vineyard Notes

Called “one of the great Grand Cru Chardonnay sites in California” by Robert Parker, the Charles Heintz Vineyard sits upon a ridgetop along the rocky Sonoma County coastline. The 30-year-old vines, planted on the desirable Gold Ridge Sandy Loam top-soils, ripen slowly, cooled each evening by the fog that rolls in from the nearby Pacific Ocean. This slow, even ripening process results in beautifully balanced wines with fully developed flavors and fresh acidity. The vineyard site has been in the Heintz family for over 100 years, and since its planting in 1982 has become a name synonymous with the best of California Chardonnay.

Winemaking Notes

This wine opens with inviting aromas of deep stone fruit, roasted almonds and cashews leading to notes of cardamom, nutmeg and shortbread. The richness of lemon oil coats the palate and melds with flavors of pineapple, peach, Meyer lemon, and baking spice. This is a full-bodied, beautifully balanced chardonnay of great complexity, with a long, mineral stone finish and a lively acidity that is classic Heintz Vineyard.

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Vintage
2014
Varietal
Chardonnay
Vineyard
Charles Heintz Vineyard
Appellation
Russian River Valley
Blend
100% Chardonnay; 30+ years old
Alcohol
13.7%
Fermentation & Aging
100% barrel fermented in 50% new French oak barrels

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