2012 Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay
Harvested just before dawn on October 22, 2012, and aged for 10 months in 13% new French oak, our 2012 Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay has bright citrus notes balanced with flavors of marzipan and vanilla bean. Drinkable now through 2019.
Heintz Family Vineyard
October 22, 2012
The chardonnay exhibits a bright but not piercing acidity balanced by flavors of citrus, marzipan and vanilla bean.
The Heintz family has been growing some of the best cool-climate grapes in California for more than 100 years. Located just outside the Sonoma County town of Occidental, the Heintz ranch is renowned for Chardonnay, which they have sold to some of California’s legendary wine producers, including Kosta Browne and William-Selyem and Littorai.
We harvested 2.79 tons before dawn on October 22, 2012. The fruit was crushed and the juice left on the skins/stems for 24 hours before going to press. The juice was racked off gross lees and fermentation began on combined lot with commercial yeast. Then the fermenting juice was racked to barrel around 9 brix to finish to dryness and complete malolactic fermentation. It was aged in 13% new French oak for 10 months. The wine was filtered but not fined and racked twice prior to bottling.
It is drinkable now to 2019.