Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
2013 Moone-Tsai Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Scheduled Release - July 1, 2015
Our 2013 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is an exceptional example of the subtlety and balance that can be attained with prized fruit from this region renowned for remarkable chardonnay. Fascinatingly complex, the nose beseeches with exotic aromas of fragrant tropical fruit, and hints of citrus. While comparisons to the remarkable preceding vintage of this heralded wine will be inevitable; you'll want to hang on to your sarong; as the palate will be treated to synapse-fired sensations of delicate lychee, almond/meringue, and lightly toasted coconut/crème brulèe. Framed ever so delicately with prized French oak, this vibrant wine with its pleasing acidity, delicate texture and remarkable balance, should age with graceful refinement. Aged 16 months in 64% new French oak the wine has undergone 100% malolactic fermentation.
The Charles Heintz Vineyard is located in Occidental, near the rocky Sonoma County coastline. The 30-year-old Chardonnay vines are planted on deep, desirable Gold Ridge Sandy Loam top-soils – to which many attribute the unique varietal expression shown by Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown in the Sonoma Coast and Russian River appellations. The nearby Pacific brings deep and cooling fog over the vineyard nightly during the growing season, encouraging patient ripening and the development of delicate flavors.
|Varietal Composition:||100% Chardonnay|
|Vineyards:||Charles Heintz Vineyards, Sonoma Coast|
|Harvest Date:||October 4, 2013|
|Cooperage:||64% new French oak: François Frères, Rousseau, Damy|
|Bottle Date:||April 16, 2015|
|Release Date:||July 1, 2015|
|Retail Price (750ml):||$75/bottle|