2017 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
With a delicate nose of white flowers, green apple and citrus, our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay invites eager inspection. On the palate, the wine beckons reservedly at first, offering soft-spoken hints of fresh white peach laced with tropical fruit, citrus, lightly toasted brioche, and wet stone. Barrel-fermented, and aged 16-months in 37% new French oak, this delicate offering summons fond memories of early summer nights when the sun is low in the evening sky, and the horizon begins to devolve into twilight’s inimitable dusky hues. Light on its feet on the attack, with a pleasing minerality and freshness through to the finish, the wine demonstrates a restrained vitality, coolness, and grace reminiscent of the doe-like athleticism and demeanor of the ever-lovely Venus Williams, the “other” Williams-sister of the famed tennis-duo, who in her own manner and style, managed to amass over twenty Grand Slam titles over an illustrious Hall of Fame career.
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.
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Vineyards: Charles Heintz Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
Production: 227 cases
Harvest Date: September 23, 2017
Cooperage: 37% new French oak: Francois Freres, Rousseau, Damy
Bottle Date: January 29, 2019
Release Date: April 2019