2017 Heintz bottle

Vineyard Profile

Located just a stone’s throw across Harrison Grade from the Estate, the Heintz Ranch is a pedigreed site with mature vines in the hills above Occidental. Planted on Goldridge sandy loam soil, the organically grown fruit is nurtured by moderately warm days and cool evenings, resulting in a richness balanced by lively acidity. Previously the backbone of our Wingtine Chardonnay, the 2017 Heintz Chardonnay now stands alone, showcasing the Radio-Coteau expression of this unique terroir.

Tasting Notes

Although the fruit is familiar, the 2017 vintage is our inaugural release of the Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay as its own vineyard designate, capturing the subtleties of the site. The nose and palate are vibrant, with notes of Asian pear, ripe green apple, and bright Meyer lemon. Fragrant floral aromas of young apple blossoms waft throughout, a nod to this historically apple-dominant region. An underlying flintiness adds mineral complexity, while roasted hazelnuts and a touch of fresh bread dough round out the lengthy finish.

Cellar Notes

  • Grower:
    Charles Heintz
  • Appellation:
    Sonoma Coast
  • Geographic Location:
  • Varietal:
  • Selection:
    Clone 4
  • Vineyard Age:
    Planted in 1982
  • Soil Type:
  • Harvest Date:
    September 2nd
  • Unfined
    & Unfiltered

Wine Reviews

January 2019 | (92-94) points

“The 2017 Chardonnay Heintz is a gorgeous wine from this highly regarded vineyard on the Sonoma Coast. Apricot, chamomile, butter, brioche and orange peel add complexity, but as is almost always the case for wines from this site, the Heintz is marked by a strong sense of textural richness and oiliness. It is another highly distinctive wine from Radio-Coteau.

–Antonio Galloni
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