1995 CUVEE CH SONOMA COAST CHARDONNAY
The grape source is Charles Heintz Vineyard located on the crest of a steep hillside on the Sonoma Coast. The vineyard is surrounded by Gravenstein apple orchards and is planted with an old low-yielding, Burgundian clone of Chardonnay. The cool coastal climate, combined with limestone and marine shale sub-soil, results in yields of 1-1/2 to 2 tons per acre of exceptional quality and distinctive fruit.
Winemaking and Cellar Practice:
A special selection of grapes were hand picked and sorted, crushed and pressed. The juice was fermented for eleven months in new French oak barrels. The wine was racked, clarified by bentonite fining, and bottled sur lie in August 1996.
The 1995 vintage produced roasted nut aromas combined with crisp apple-like flavors to produce a terroir-driven, Meursault style Chardonnay. The scents and flavors of this wine emanate from the marine fogscape of the Sonoma Coast, and the marine shale and limestone terroir. These rich flavors and aromas are reminiscent of a freshly baked yellow plum tart, ground cinnamon, roasted almonds, etc. The unusually favorable fruit-acid structure of this cool climate wine will allow for the sustained development of bottle complexity.