Ultramarine Wines

Blanc de Blancs Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay

9.3233 ratings
9.393 pro ratings
Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, USA
Chardonnay
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.2

In the name of science, a few champagnes/sparkling wines were sampled today in an effort to help a friend for comparative research reasons. Hard way to spend a Monday...

It hurt me to open this as I knew it would be painfully young...and it was 😔. But, in the name of science, it was analyzed! Most distinctive out of the lineup. Straight up cream soda mousse. Definitely oxidative in style but not channeling any of those sherry like notes. This carried ripe tropical fruits and a touch of honeycomb, versus the ‘13 I opened a few months back that was completely open for business with marzipan & roasted cashews. Hold this.

In the name of science, a few champagnes/sparkling wines were sampled today in an effort to help a friend for comparative research reasons. Hard way to spend a Monday...

It hurt me to open this as I knew it would be painfully young...and it was 😔. But, in the name of science, it was analyzed! Most distinctive out of the lineup. Straight up cream soda mousse. Definitely oxidative in style but not channeling any of those sherry like notes. This carried ripe tropical fruits and a touch of honeycomb, versus the ‘13 I opened a few months back that was completely open for business with marzipan & roasted cashews. Hold this.

Feb 19th, 2019
Shay A
9.3

Monthly WTF wine group meet up.

My contribution. After getting the ‘14s in last week, I wanted to take a ‘13 for a test drive. Toasted, little oxidative on the nose (in a good way), sea salt, & marzipan; minuscule bubbles. Not chalky or limestone driven, but a great creamy mousse up front. Almond and brioche on the palate, roasted lemon and grapefruit. Not as tart or tight as the ‘12 from my experience. Gained more pear as it opened.

Monthly WTF wine group meet up.

My contribution. After getting the ‘14s in last week, I wanted to take a ‘13 for a test drive. Toasted, little oxidative on the nose (in a good way), sea salt, & marzipan; minuscule bubbles. Not chalky or limestone driven, but a great creamy mousse up front. Almond and brioche on the palate, roasted lemon and grapefruit. Not as tart or tight as the ‘12 from my experience. Gained more pear as it opened.

Dec 12th, 2018
Zack Klug

Stunning

Stunning

Apr 16th, 2018
Mitzi Inglis

Marketing/Public Relations, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

9.1

Perfect start to 2018.

Perfect start to 2018.

Jan 2nd, 2018
Patrick Derdeyn

Like biting into a green apple. Great acidity and better with food.

Like biting into a green apple. Great acidity and better with food.

Dec 31st, 2017
Shay A
9.3

@Keith Fisher and his wife were kind enough to open this after I asked what their thoughts were. I received the Save the Date email this week for their upcoming release and it seems as though they are striving to be the first cult bubbly out of Cali.

This '12 is still very tart at opening. In fact, it was mainly green Granny Smith Apple with a kick of kiwi and that was it. However, after an hour and a half, a creamy note came out of this and more almonds, toasted bread and more complexity. At the 2-hr mark, this was actually extremely delicious. Based on this, I'll definitely buy a few bottles but aim to let them age AND have some air time before enjoying.

@Keith Fisher and his wife were kind enough to open this after I asked what their thoughts were. I received the Save the Date email this week for their upcoming release and it seems as though they are striving to be the first cult bubbly out of Cali.

This '12 is still very tart at opening. In fact, it was mainly green Granny Smith Apple with a kick of kiwi and that was it. However, after an hour and a half, a creamy note came out of this and more almonds, toasted bread and more complexity. At the 2-hr mark, this was actually extremely delicious. Based on this, I'll definitely buy a few bottles but aim to let them age AND have some air time before enjoying.

Sep 2nd, 2017
Hardy Wallace

Owner/Winemaker Dirty & Rowdy Wines

10

Prepare for melting. The
Killer BdB from the Michael Cruse

Prepare for melting. The
Killer BdB from the Michael Cruse

6 people found it helpfulSep 1st, 2014
Hardy Wallace

Owner/Winemaker Dirty & Rowdy Wines

9.8

"It can ring like fire when you lose your way" the 11 BDB is screamin'!!

"It can ring like fire when you lose your way" the 11 BDB is screamin'!!

3 people found it helpfulApr 18th, 2016
Jasmine Hirsch

Sales & Marketing Hirsch Vineyards, founder In Pursuit of Balance

9.2

Fizzy poolside shenanigans.

Fizzy poolside shenanigans.

2 people found it helpfulOct 11th, 2015
Nathan Odem

This tastes good.

This tastes good.

2 people found it helpfulFeb 14th, 2015