2018 Amici Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay


Wine Advocate

“Long and perfumed”

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

A classic representation of this stunning coastal vineyard, this wine is the most exuberant of the 2018 Chardonnays. Aromas of luscious tropical fruit and white pineapple begin on the nose, while the palate is reminiscent of apple galette, with delicious baked Golden Delicious along with almond paste, brioche and cinnamon stick flavors. The richness is perfectly balanced by the wine’s long, refreshing finish that leaves your mouth watering for another sip.

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Charles Heintz Vineyard
Russian River Valley
100% Chardonnay; 30+ years old
Fermentation & Aging
100% Barrel Fermentation; Full Malolactic; aged 11 months in 55% new French Oak

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Charles Heintz Vineyard

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Wine Advocate

“The 2018 Chardonnay Charlie Heintz Vineyard comes from more than 30-year-old Clone 4 vines. It was 100% barrel fermented and went through full malolactic. It was aged 13 months in 55% new Francois Freres, Louie Latour and Taransaud barrels. It needs a little coaxing to reveal beautiful lime cordial, lemongrass, honeycomb and fresh pineapple scents with touches of pie crust, peach blossoms and nutmeg. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is explosive, featuring a mélange of tropical fruits and loads of savory sparks, finishing long and perfumed.”


Vinous Media

“The 2018 Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard shows all of the oily, viscous notes that are so typical of Chardonnay from this site. Passion fruit, lemon confit, mint, and orange peel all grace this soft, supple Chardonnay from Amici. The Heintz Chardonnay is such an intriguing wine.”


James Suckling

“A more linear Russian River chardonnay with lemon-curd, cooked-apple and vanilla character. Full-bodied, focused and reserved now. Background of energetic acidity. Try after 2021, but already so attractive.”


Jeb Dunnuck

“Scheduled to be bottled just after this tasting, the 2018 Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard is certainly an outstanding wine and comes all from the Clone 4 of Chardonnay and 30+-year-old vines. It will have spent 11 months in 55% new oak. Offering lots of crushed rock and salty mineral notes interwoven with plenty of spice, citrus, and orchard fruits, it hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, a balanced texture, good acidity, and a clean finish. It’s a classic, balanced Russian River release that has both richness and freshness.”


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