The consistency of the vineyard is what makes the Heintz a famous vineyard. Once again, the Chardonnay has exotic flavors of lemon, apple and mineral. 2008 was harvested a bit earlier than usual, but magically, all the flavors were developed by mid-September. This wine is very Chablis-like. Racy and vivacious at this young stage, but when it rounds out over time the wine should have the perfect framework. This wine has the potential to age at least 5 years.
The 2008 year may be regarded as a so-so vintage in the Russian River Valley for Pinot Noir, but in our opinion, it is a stellar vintage for Chardonnay. The lower yields caused by the frosts of 2008 helped to naturally curb the yields at Heintz. As usual, we got a lot of hang time with slow even ripening. The fruit was the most balanced ever from a technical standpoint and from a pure flavor point of view. On September 16th., we harvested in a thick early morning Russian River Valley fog.