Our tasting group of 14 evaluated, tasted then imbibed some amazing Chardonnays in our most recent meeting. The lineup included the following:
- PISONI “Estate” (96 JD)
- ARNOT ROBERTS “TROUT GULCH” (95 AG)
- DIATOM “Hilliard Bruce “ (95 JD)
- AUBERT CIX (99 RP)
- Pahlmeyer (96 JD)
- Cattleya “Pratt” (97 JD)
- PETER MICHAEL “Belle Cote” (96 RP)
- LEWIS (95 JD)
- DuMol “Isobel” (96 RP)
- BEVAN “Ritchie” (95 RP)
- SENSES “CHARLES HEINTZ”
THE WINNER – SENSES “CHARLES HEINTZ” by TRB with 8 first , 4 second & 2 third place votes!
Second was AUBERT CIX, with 3 first, 6 second and 3 third place votes
Third was DUMOL “ISOBEL” with 2 first, 3 second and 5 third place votes
Senses 2017 Chardonnay “Charles Heintz” Sonoma Coast
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Senses Wines is the dream of three childhood friends. Chris, Max and Myles partnered with celebrity winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown, to produce world-class wines from renowned vineyards owned by their families. Since founding, Senses production has grown to include many coveted vineyard sites throughout Sonoma County.
The Senses estate vineyards are located in the West Sonoma Coast region of northern California, specifically in the small town of Occidental where the three founders grew up. Ideal Goldridge soil, healthy, mature vines, warm days balanced with cool nights and a grower who has been working the land since 1982 all contribute to Robert Parker’s assessment of the vineyard as “…one of the great Grand Cru Chardonnay sites in California.
Think golden apple and fresh flowers on the nose and something savory but hard to put a finger on. Rich tropical fruit on the palate is complemented by a delicious concentration of citrus and honey without being sweet. The smooth mouthfeel is balanced by solid acidity that lingers on the finish.
Thomas Rivers Brown (Winemaker) Notes: “The wine is gorgeous – White flowers reach out of the glass like jasmine growing up a trellis and the palate is a smooth yet rich expression of tropical and mineral flavors. The weight and texture of this wine is gracefully balanced by the acidity and what feel like a never-ending finish.”
Parker 96 Points: “The 2017 Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard gives up lime leaf and faint pineapple with quince, white peach, apricot and crushed stone notes. Light to medium-bodied, the palate offers wonderful layers of ripe stone and tropical fruits, opening to notes of honeycomb, with tangy, lively acidity energizing the very long, mineral finish.”
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