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Williams Selyem Heintz Chardonnay 2013

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750ML / 14.7% ABV
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750ML / 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.

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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 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.

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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 that flows through it. 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, farther 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.

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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 is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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