Varietal Content: 100% Chardonnay; Cooperage: 90% French oak, 30% New Oak, 60% Neutral, 10% Stainless Steel
Seamlessly balancing intensity with elegance, this wine displays lovely layers of peach, ripe apricot and grapefruit, along with subtle notes of creamy French oak. A classic expression of Heintz Vineyard, it is both generous and graceful on the palate with just the right amount of acidity to add lift and length to the finish.
2015 provided another banner year for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley and throughout California. While warm winter weather led to an extremely early budbreak, a cooldown in spring resulted in some shatter, which in turn lowered yields. While the early budbreak led to one of our earliest harvests on record, because the season started so early, the grapes still had ample time to achieve ideal ripeness. Just as important, the somewhat smaller crop combined with ideal even weather during ripening yielded wines with exceptional concentration, as well as beautiful poise and fruit purity.