Amici Cellars

Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay

9.419 ratings
9.46 pro ratings
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Matt Trader

There's not a lot of Chardonnay out there in my opinion that can put this one in its place. Heintz vineyard, with botrytis rot on the grapes as it arrives (by choice), and yet it turns into this incredibly floral, complex dry chardonnay. 200 case production.

There's not a lot of Chardonnay out there in my opinion that can put this one in its place. Heintz vineyard, with botrytis rot on the grapes as it arrives (by choice), and yet it turns into this incredibly floral, complex dry chardonnay. 200 case production.

Dec 11th, 2018
Corey Zamora, CSW

Wow. What a stunning Chardonnay. New world chard drinkers-grab it. If you can find it.

Wow. What a stunning Chardonnay. New world chard drinkers-grab it. If you can find it.

Jan 15th, 2018
Shay A
9.3

The more I keep thinking back on this wine, the more I want to bump the score to a 9.4. Completely and happily surprised at how good this was. Heintz chards are rocketing their way up my “favorite Chardonnay vineyard” list. For comparison, this is like a cross between DuMol’s Isobel (bigger, richer, Heintz fruit and oak) and Kesner’s Heintz (lean, steely, sharp Heintz fruit).

With Heintz, it’s one of the most tropical Chardonnays...guava is something I commonly get. This also had mango and pineapple, with a hint of marzipan. The palate got bigger and more full bodied the longer it was opened and rounded out. Acidity kept things together nicely and highlighted the stone ground fruits. Fantastic Chardonnay if you enjoy Heintz!

The more I keep thinking back on this wine, the more I want to bump the score to a 9.4. Completely and happily surprised at how good this was. Heintz chards are rocketing their way up my “favorite Chardonnay vineyard” list. For comparison, this is like a cross between DuMol’s Isobel (bigger, richer, Heintz fruit and oak) and Kesner’s Heintz (lean, steely, sharp Heintz fruit).

With Heintz, it’s one of the most tropical Chardonnays...guava is something I commonly get. This also had mango and pineapple, with a hint of marzipan. The palate got bigger and more full bodied the longer it was opened and rounded out. Acidity kept things together nicely and highlighted the stone ground fruits. Fantastic Chardonnay if you enjoy Heintz!

1 person found it helpfulJul 13th, 2018
Jayme Marie Henderson

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Sep 16th, 2015
Mark Flesher

Pours medium straw color. Nose of lemon and even peach and grapefruit. Soft front, yet bright opening. Soft lemon type notes are present along with a hint of butter. Peach. Touch of pineapple. Medium is where a little bit of limestone creeps in. Finishes acidic. Even brighter finish here. This is a 14 and I think it is a bit too young. Would hold another 1 or 2 years and I think it will be doing better. Still a solid 93 and wishing I had bought more. Isn't that always how it is!

Pours medium straw color. Nose of lemon and even peach and grapefruit. Soft front, yet bright opening. Soft lemon type notes are present along with a hint of butter. Peach. Touch of pineapple. Medium is where a little bit of limestone creeps in. Finishes acidic. Even brighter finish here. This is a 14 and I think it is a bit too young. Would hold another 1 or 2 years and I think it will be doing better. Still a solid 93 and wishing I had bought more. Isn't that always how it is!

Oct 13th, 2018
Taylor Ramsey

Classic Sonoma coast chard

Classic Sonoma coast chard

Sep 10th, 2016
Robert

Excellent chardonnay

Excellent chardonnay

Aug 27th, 2015
Mike Ancuta

Grapes come in with a little boytris, which I haven’t heard of before. Definitely picked up a little Sauterne like on the nose. Palate was dry with some nice acidity. Very interesting chard. Great pull @Matt Trader, TWP.

Grapes come in with a little boytris, which I haven’t heard of before. Definitely picked up a little Sauterne like on the nose. Palate was dry with some nice acidity. Very interesting chard. Great pull @Matt Trader, TWP.

Dec 10th, 2018
Yakov Kravets

Yakov had this 8 months ago

Yakov had this 8 months ago

Sep 1st, 2018
Yakov Kravets

Yakov had this 9 months ago

Yakov had this 9 months ago

Jul 22nd, 2018