The legendary Charles Heintz Vineyard is a well-known site for world-class Chardonnay. Located near the Pacific Ocean at an elevation of 900 feet, Heintz enjoys the daily effect of the coastal fog bank before mid-day sun ripens the fruit while continual cool coastal air gives the vineyard a perfect climate. This combination, along with old vine power, lends richness to the wines that are balanced by finesse.
Winemaker, Weston Eidson, grew up around fine wine; his family valued its presence in get-togethers and celebrations. While in the UK attending graduate school in International Political Economy, he traveled the globe visiting as many wine regions as he could from Chile and South Africa to Bordeaux and the Veneto. A pivotal moment came during his visit to the famous Trimbach Estate in Alsace with Jean Trimbach himself. While walking its vineyards near the ancient village of Ribeauvillé, Eidson was struck by how wine lies at the intersection of tradition and innovation as well as imagination and restraint. That moment proved indelible.
Weston's travels soon took him to Napa and as they say, when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. During his trip, he met Jason Moore of Modus Operandi and was invited to work the 2012 harvest under Jason’s guidance. Weston proved a natural, quickly becoming adept at identifying ideal ripeness at harvest, tasting nuances in a wine's progression of fermentation levels, and distinguishing the implications of different aging regimens. He also gained conviction about making wine with minimal intervention: allow the fruit to make beautiful wine, naturally reflecting distinctive terroir. Weston soon developed relationships with veterans of Napa and Sonoma, including the Bacigalupi's and Steve Matthiasson.
Tasting Notes: White Wine. 100% Chardonnay. In the glass, the wine is deep gold. On the nose, the wine is fresh with notes of Asian pear, yellow apple, lemon rind, honeysuckle, vanilla bean, almond, and a touch of coconut. On the palate, the wine is rich, without being overbearing. Good weight balanced by fresh, mouth-watering acidity.
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