90% Barrel Fermentation
90% French Oak
35% New Oak, 55% Second Vintage, 10% Stainless Steel
Barrel Aging: 10 Months
Once again, Charles Heintz Vineyard has struck a beautiful balance between intensity and elegance. On the nose, aromas of ripe peach and nectarine give way to pear and citrus, as well as a toasty hint of piecrust. The palate is equally complex and layered, with lots of ripe orchard fruit flavors and an almost honeyed richness. Throughout, lingering acidity and a perfect touch of new French oak add to this wine’s lovely structure.
The 2014 growing season got off to a fast start, with the vines awaking early in spring. Though drought conditions continued throughout California, moderate summer weather and a lack of any long-term heat spikes allowed us to avoid any issues. The steady weather contributed to ideal even ripening, and our first pick came into the winery in early August - one of our earliest starts on record. By the time the first rains arrived in late September, harvest was essentially complete. As a result, for the third straight year, the quality of the harvest was exceptional.