On the nose, light citrus, tropical fruit, and star jasmine announce the wine’s arrival.
The palate is further greeted by hints of white peach, lemon curd, and subtle key lime.
The Charles Heintz Vineyard is located in Occidental, near the rocky Sonoma County coastline. The 30-year-old Chardonnay vines are planted on deep, desirable Gold Ridge Sandy Loam top-soils – to which many attribute the unique varietal expression shown by Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown in the Sonoma Coast and Russian River appellations. The nearby Pacific brings deep and cooling fog over the vineyard nightly during the growing season, encouraging patient ripening and the development of delicate flavors.
Barrel fermented and aged 19 months in 31% new French oak, the wine has undergone 100% malolactic fermentation.
31% new French oak: François Frères, Rousseau, Damy