2021 Amici Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay


James Suckling

“The real deal”

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

The 2021 Amici Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay is a complex and intense wine that showcases the best of the Chardonnay grape. Aromas of lemon curd, pear galette, and cinnamon stick excite the nose. On the palate, the wine’s minerality is reminiscent of salty sea spray, transporting you to the vineyard’s coastal location. Juicy pear flavors add depth and balance to the wine’sintensity, creating a full-bodied Chardonnay with beautiful acidity that lingers throughout the finish.

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Charles Heintz Vineyard
Russian River Valley
100% Chardonnay
Fermentation & Aging
100% Barrel Fermentation; Native Yeast; Full Malolactic; Aged 14 months in 40% new French Oak

A Single Vineyard Wine

Charles Heintz Vineyard

Vineyard Details



James Suckling

“Wonderful ginger, lemon zest and lemon blossom aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate with an intensity and spiciness, with superb depth and length. Hints of vanilla and brioche to the lovely fruit. The real deal and really shows the character of this vineyard. Drink or hold.”


The Wine Independent

“The 2021 Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay needs a little coaxing to bring out notes of lemon curd, ripe grapefruit, and orange blossom, giving way to hints of struck flint and sea spray. The medium-bodied palate is lively and intense, with loads of mineral-sparked citrus layers and a long steely finish.”