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October 10, 2013 | Harvest 2013 | Neil Bernardi

Charlie Heintz

Charlie Heintz

We are very fortunate to work extensively with Charlie Heintz, pictured above, at two ranches - his own home ranch, the Heintz Vineyard, and the Searby ranch, which he cares for.  Besides the fact that these two spots produce some of the most delicious and distinctive wines in west Sonoma County, Charlie is a great guy to work with.  His family has been farming and logging in the area since early 1900’s.  Like many other farmers, they planted apples first, which over time were converted to grapes.  The clone 4 chardonnay vines at the Heintz ranch were planted in 1982, and produce a very distinctive bottled of wine, characterized by contrasting elements of rich creamy texture and intense refreshing acidity.  Heintz wines were first bottled as designates almost 20 years ago, first by Ted Lemon at Littorai, and followed quickly by Williams Selyem.  It is humbling and exciting to have the opportunity to work with such great fruit!


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