2018 Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay
This is our first vintage from the iconic Chardonnay vineyard on the Sonoma Coast. Heintz has produced some of the most distinctive examples of California Chardonnay over the past 30 years.
+ Charlie Heintz is a third-generation farmer on the Sonoma Coast. Heintz Ranch was originally established in 1912 by Charlie’s grandfather.
+ The wine was pressed and fermented in a mix of stainless steel, new and used French oak barrels. Aging was 18 months.
+ Given the racy profile of this wine, we allowed it to fully finish malolactic fermentation.
+ The 2018 growing season was very cool which provided challenges at Heintz. Low yields and heavier sorting than usual were required to limit botrytis.
+ The cool vintage created a wine that is lower in alcohol than usual. Even so, the trademark exotic blend of tropical, vanilla crème and orchard flavors comes through.
+ The harvest took place on October 7.