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Williams Selyem Heintz Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
  • RP92
14.7% ABV
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14.7% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The classic Goldridge soil found on the Heintz Ranch is immediately apparent as the wine opens on the nose. Elements of dusty, mineral-rich soil with an almost talcum powder-like quality come to the forefront. These soil-inflected notes give way to flavors characteristic of the site, such as fresh pineapple juice and ripe fejoia fruit. White flowers and crme brle add complexity to this exciting offering. The palate exhibits tropical fruit, ripe melon, and Gravenstein apple. Dusty minerals round out the wine with a clean finish of pear skin, which gives excellent length. 2013 was a tremendously successful growing season for the Heintz Ranch.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Chardonnay Heintz Vineyard has a similar light golden color, but with more of a greenish hue. Displaying more hazelnut, marmalade, and brioche notes, the wine tastes like a premier cru Meursault, with more smoky nuances. It is full-bodied, rich, concentrated and very Burgundian. Drink it over the next 5-6 years.
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Williams Selyem Winery

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Williams Selyem Winery , Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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Williams Selyem Winery began as a simple dream of two friends, Ed Selyem and Burt Williams, who pursued weekend winemaking as a hobby in 1979 in a garage in Forestville, California, and made their first commercial vintage in 1981. In less than two decades, Burt and Ed created a cult-status winery of international acclaim. Together they set a new standard for Pinot Noir winemaking in the United States, aligning Sonoma County's Russian River Valley in the firmament of the best winegrowing regions of the world. Today John and Kathe Dyson, who purchased the winery from Burt and Ed in 1998, carry on the passion for Pinot Noir winemaking without compromise. As for the wines... they just keep getting better and better.

Russian River

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A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, The Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river which flows through the region. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, further from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

RIN142474_2013 Item# 142474