2019 Charles Heintz Chardonnay | MacRostie Winery
95
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Forbes.com

2019 Charles Heintz Vineyard

Chardonnay
Green Valley/Russian River Valley
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Charles Heintz has been growing premium Chardonnay for decades. Nestled in the Green Valley, this is our coolest climate site. Charlie himself has said, “It’s like growing Chardonnay in a rain cloud out here.” Enjoy the 2019 bottling of this impressive wine.

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95 Points

“Brilliant light yellow; aromas of golden apple, spiced pear and goldenrod. Medium-full, this has excellent ripeness, very good acidity, and a delicate creamy, lush feel, all the while coming across as very delicate on the palate. This has beautiful finesse along with exquisite balance, and will be especially appealing to Chardonnay lovers who tire of excessive wood notes in their wines. A marvelous success that can be enjoyed tonight with lemon sole or halibut, or put away for three to five years.”
Tom Hyland
Forbes.com, August 2021
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Tasting Notes
A classic expression of cool-climate Russian River Valley Chardonnay, this sleek and radiant wine displays luscious honey and yellow apple aromas. These elements are echoed on the smooth, supple palate, where they mingle with hints of earthy minerality, chalk and fresh-cut hay which add depth and complexity to the long, vibrant finish
Accolades
  • 95 Points: Tom Hyland Forbes.com
  • “Brilliant light yellow; aromas of golden apple, spiced pear and goldenrod. Medium-full, this has excellent ripeness, very good acidity, and a delicate creamy, lush feel, all the while coming across as very delicate on the palate. This has beautiful finesse along with exquisite balance, and will be especially appealing to Chardonnay lovers who tire of excessive wood notes in their wines. A marvelous success that can be enjoyed tonight with lemon sole or halibut, or put away for three to five years.”

Winemaking

In order to maximize quality, all of the grapes went direct to press as whole clusters. After pressing and settling, the juice was racked into French oak barrels for fermentation. Once dry and finished with malolactic fermentation, the lots were aged in barrel for 10 months on the lees, with occasional stirring to increase richness and body. This wine was aged in French oak barrels, 22% of which were new, with the other 22% being one-year-old. The wine was then bottled on August 20th, 2020.

Vintage

The 2019 vintage brought a moderately cool growing season to Charles Heintz Vineyard, which is already one of our coolest vineyard sites, with old vine plantings and old-style wide spacing. Due to the cool conditions, we picked this vineyard late in the season on October 3, 2019, when it is not unusual (nor unwanted) to have a small amount of botrytis in the vineyard.

Vineyard

Charles Heintz has been growing coveted Chardonnay grapes for decades. His namesake vineyard is located in the westernmost part of the Russian River Valley, making it our coolest climate site. Charlie himself has said, “It’s like growing Chardonnay in a rain cloud out here.” This vineyard is located in the most western part of the Russian River Valley and is thus our coolest climate site. Old vines are planted to wide spacing during the era when larger tractors dictated that plenty of room be provided perform the farming work. The large sprawling vines are quadrilateral cordon Clone 4 on AXR rootstock. Sandy Goldridge soil provides these vines fertile ground to grow strong.

Technical Notes
  • composition:

    100% Chardonnay

  • alcohol: 13.3%
  • cases made:

    191 Cases

  • bottling date: 08/20/2020
  • aging:

    Aged 10 months sur lie in French oak, 22% new / 22% one-year-old

  • fermentation:

    Whole cluster pressed then racked into French oak for primary and malolactic fermentation.

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