2016 Amici Charles Heintz Chardonnay


Jeb Dunnuck

“Balanced Beauty”

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 synonomous with the best of California Chardonnay.

Winemaking Notes

Explosive aromas of warm stone fruit, apple tart, honeyed brioche and crème brulee. Rich oily lemon palate, Meyer lemon crema and driving acidity creating a juicy finish complemented by citrus zest-rind and mineral.

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Charles Heintz Vineyard
Russian River Valley
100% Chardonnay; 30+ years old
Fermentation & Aging
100% Barrel Fermentation; Full Malolactic; 100% French Oak; 40% New

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Jeb Dunnuck

“The gem in the lineup is the 2016 Chardonnay Charlie Heintz Vineyard, which comes from a well-known site in the Russian River Valley out near Occidental. Straight-up rocking notes of white flowers, candied ginger, lemon, and citrus all flow to a racy, pure, elegant Chardonnay that does everything right. With good concentration, high acidity, and a great finish, this balanced beauty can be drunk today or cellared for 7-8 years.”


James Suckling

“This is a really pretty white with seashell and oyster-shell undertones to the sliced apple and lemon character. Full-bodied, bright and lively. A lovely combination of fruit and acidity. Drink now.”

91 points

Wine Advocate

“The 2016 Chardonnay Charlie Heintz Vineyard comes from vines over 30 year old. It’s 100% barrel fermented and aged in 40% new French oak for 13 months. It gives a lovely nose of lemon meringue pie, warm apricots, pink grapefruit and popcorn with touches of almond croissant and beeswax. The palate is medium to full-bodied with fantastic freshness giving zing to the robust honeyed-apricot flavors, finishing wonderfully savory.”


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