Heitz Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017

Napa Valley
Decanter 92

This is one of the last bastions of Napa Chardonnay that retains the ethos of winemaking from the 1970s and '80s. A blend of mainly Rutherford and Oak Knoll fruit, it undergoes no malolactic fermentation and is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. Aromas of lemon meringue, key limes and orchard fruit blossoms lead to an angular, focused and pure palate. An authentic example of a past time. - Decanter92

The Napa Valley Chardonnay highlights the rich, ripe fruit character from our warmer Rutherford vineyard combined with the crisp, light acid in the grapes from our cooler Oak Knoll vineyard. This marriage is what makes our Chardonnay unique. The new French oak gives the wine vanilla and baking spice flavor without overpowering the varietal flavor.

The 2017 Growing Season started off with an abundance of rain which was followed by excellent spring weather that translated to great growing conditions. The growing season progressed beautifully, and we were fortunate to have harvested all fruit before disaster stuck on October 8th; 2017 will undoubtedly be a vintage to remember after wildfires devastated Napa Valley. Luckily we are extremely fortunate that none of our vineyards or winery was damaged in the catastrophe.

The Palate expresses hints of Meyer lemon, pineapple, and freshly baked sweet apple tarts. The fresh fruit aroma is complemented by subtle notes of toasted hazelnut, honey suckle, and white floral characteristics. Its fresh, bright acidity pleases the palate while balanced by a smooth richness that we obtain through sur-lie aging- Winemaker's Notes

The Winery

Heitz Wine Cellars has played a significant role in the history of Napa Valley winemaking since 1961. Founders, Joe and Alice Heitz, produced their first bottle of wine with a commitment to excellence that now spans three generations. Thoday, sibling team, Kathleen Heitz Myers and David Heitz, lead the family business as president and winemaker, producing wines that are recognized worldwide for their purity, balance and proven age-ability. Heitz Cellars is internationally acclaimed for the consistent brilliance of its vineyard-designated Cabernets. When Heitz Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was introduced in 1966, it was the first Napa Cabernet with the vineyard-designation on the label.

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