Amici Charles Heintz Chardonnay RRV 2017 - 750ml

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94pts Jeb Dunnuck

Another stunner is the 2017 Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard. This Russian River Valley release is reminiscent of a top Montrachet with its beautiful, toasty, powerful bouquet of crushed citrus, lemon oil, toasted nuts, and salty minerality. These all show on the palate as well, and it has a crystalline, precise style that still carries incredible richness and depth. It’s actually going to benefit from a year in bottle and I suspect evolve for over a decade.

 93pts Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

The 2017 Chardonnay Charlie Heintz Vineyard (already bottled) is 100% barrel fermented and aged in 40% new French oak for 13 months. It offers a nose of very pretty white peaches, lemon curd, grapefruit and ginger with touches of baking bread and lime blossoms. The palate is medium-bodied, very tightly wound, crisp and minerally, finishing long and layered.

Winemaker Notes

A classic Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay with gorgeous aromas of apricot, white peach cobbler, crème brûlée and baking spice. The richly textured palate shows lovely warm stone fruit notes along with lemon zest, pineapple juice and passion fruit flavors. Hints of caramel, marzipan and apple galette carry through the finish, perfectly balanced with mineral acidity.