Littorai

Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay

9.2261 ratings
9.382 pro ratings
Sonoma Coast, 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
Bob Bath

Master Sommelier & Educator CIA Greystone

9.5

From Magnum

From Magnum

Dec 29th, 2022
Renato Hoyle

Long. Tight.

Long. Tight.

Jul 26th, 2022
Jay Kline

On the list at Norda in Göteborg. Popped and poured; served at cellar temperature. At this stage the 2014 Charles Heintz Vineyard is vinous, appearing a deep golden color with lovely aromas of desiccated stone fruits, nuts, squishy tropical fruit and some baking spices. On the palate, the aforementioned notes are confirmed and accompanied by a lovely, remarkably creamy texture. This is a rich Chardonnay however there is a good spine of acid that helps to proved a long, dry finish. Drink now.

On the list at Norda in Göteborg. Popped and poured; served at cellar temperature. At this stage the 2014 Charles Heintz Vineyard is vinous, appearing a deep golden color with lovely aromas of desiccated stone fruits, nuts, squishy tropical fruit and some baking spices. On the palate, the aforementioned notes are confirmed and accompanied by a lovely, remarkably creamy texture. This is a rich Chardonnay however there is a good spine of acid that helps to proved a long, dry finish. Drink now.

Jul 8th, 2022
Alex Jones

Marketing/Development Kunni/Westerly Wines

8.8

Was fire when opened but died down quickly. Drink up. Lychee, pear and candied apple with some salinity.

Was fire when opened but died down quickly. Drink up. Lychee, pear and candied apple with some salinity.

Feb 12th, 2021
Shay A
9.4

An absolutely stunning lunch from @joe leatherwood today. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 5 reds and 1 dessert wine. All served blind.

En mag. Blown away that this was a 17yr old chard. Incredibly powerful and youthful. It was more floral than most Cali chards, but it still had sea salt, rich mango and a dense mid palate full of juicy stone fruits with a very round finish. CHeintz vineyard Chardonnays are some of my favorites and I normally can identify them fairly easy but with its age, I didn’t get any of the bright and ripe guava I normally get from CHeintz. I still guessed this was Cali chard, but was shocked it was holding up this good with the age on it!

An absolutely stunning lunch from @joe leatherwood today. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 5 reds and 1 dessert wine. All served blind.

En mag. Blown away that this was a 17yr old chard. Incredibly powerful and youthful. It was more floral than most Cali chards, but it still had sea salt, rich mango and a dense mid palate full of juicy stone fruits with a very round finish. CHeintz vineyard Chardonnays are some of my favorites and I normally can identify them fairly easy but with its age, I didn’t get any of the bright and ripe guava I normally get from CHeintz. I still guessed this was Cali chard, but was shocked it was holding up this good with the age on it!

Aug 3rd, 2019
Shay A
9.4

Heintz fruit is some of my favorite and for some reason, it’s normally easy for me to identify, this being no different. I always get an overload of guava with Heintz Chardonnays, like this one, on the nose. Big aromatics of roasted Meyer lemon and ripe tropical fruits. Oak isn’t a star here, as the acidity takes center stage. Sharp and focused down the middle. Apricot, underripe pineapple and lemon oil on the palate. 13.2 ABV. I know Littorai picks super early, so it’s impressive that they are able to get this beautiful amount of pure fruit.

I followed this over 2 days and day 1 was sharp acidity and led me to believe this needs another few years to integrate. Day 2, the acidity mellowed and the fruit really warmed and became very perfumed. I’d probably hold, but no harm in opening now if you have time to follow/enjoy it.

Heintz fruit is some of my favorite and for some reason, it’s normally easy for me to identify, this being no different. I always get an overload of guava with Heintz Chardonnays, like this one, on the nose. Big aromatics of roasted Meyer lemon and ripe tropical fruits. Oak isn’t a star here, as the acidity takes center stage. Sharp and focused down the middle. Apricot, underripe pineapple and lemon oil on the palate. 13.2 ABV. I know Littorai picks super early, so it’s impressive that they are able to get this beautiful amount of pure fruit.

I followed this over 2 days and day 1 was sharp acidity and led me to believe this needs another few years to integrate. Day 2, the acidity mellowed and the fruit really warmed and became very perfumed. I’d probably hold, but no harm in opening now if you have time to follow/enjoy it.

Mar 14th, 2019
Rick Lopus

Woof

Woof

Apr 25th, 2018
Shay A
9.3

Weston hosted Friday group today and was it definitely a can’t miss tasting. Wow! Absolutely knocked it out of the park with heavy hitter after heavy hitter. Similar to Wednesday group, all wines are tasted blind.

Possibly the most unique Cali chard I’ve come across. Most guessed Marsanne/Roussane Blend. The nose was so tropical/citrus like...apricot, pineapple and an oily finish. I wondered if it could be an Alsatian Pinot Gris based on the oily finish. Crazy.

Weston hosted Friday group today and was it definitely a can’t miss tasting. Wow! Absolutely knocked it out of the park with heavy hitter after heavy hitter. Similar to Wednesday group, all wines are tasted blind.

Possibly the most unique Cali chard I’ve come across. Most guessed Marsanne/Roussane Blend. The nose was so tropical/citrus like...apricot, pineapple and an oily finish. I wondered if it could be an Alsatian Pinot Gris based on the oily finish. Crazy.

Feb 17th, 2018
Beau Carson

First Littorai experience and this is breathtaking. Ted Lemon is a master of the craft! Meyer lemon, preserved papaya and pineapple with notes of honeysuckle, oyster shell, and just starting to take on the nutty, almond goodness of aged chardonnay. I love this!

First Littorai experience and this is breathtaking. Ted Lemon is a master of the craft! Meyer lemon, preserved papaya and pineapple with notes of honeysuckle, oyster shell, and just starting to take on the nutty, almond goodness of aged chardonnay. I love this!

Sep 19th, 2017
Lee Pitofsky

Baby Littorai, notes of lemon curd, vanilla custard, quince, citrus fruits

Baby Littorai, notes of lemon curd, vanilla custard, quince, citrus fruits

Aug 6th, 2017