The vineyard’s proximity to the ocean is immediately evident. There’s a good amount of minerality on the nose, with layers of citrus, red apple and lemon curd. Hints of butterscotch and a thread of ginger, cinnamon and spice underscore the aromatics. The palate evolves, from a round and creamy texture up front to a mid-palate refined by French oak, and finally to a lengthy finish uplifted by a generous amount of natural acidity. An energetic wine, well-balanced and complex.
Heintz 91%, Dutton 3%, Morelli 3%, Sullivan 3%
Age of Vines:
4, Wente and Old Robert Young
Goldridge sandy loam
14 months in French oak, 36% new, balance neutral and second-use
“The 2016 Seafall Chardonnay is from Heintz Vineyard, in the western part of the Sonoma Coast AVA. It’s rich and fleshy, with flavors of lemon curd and ginger, supported by vibrant acidity.”
Laurie Daniel on Wine, September 20, 2018