2016 Migration Sonoma Coast Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard
Migration is dedicated to crafting wines from the finest cool-climate winegrowing regions highlighting lush fruit, bright acidity and impeccably balanced oak. Since 1982, Charles Heintz Vineyard in Green Valley has emerged as a legendary site for world-class Chardonnay. Located atop the second ridge inland from the Pacific at an elevation of 900 feet, Heintz is a warmer vineyard in a very cool winegrowing region. This unique combination creates a gracefully balanced wine that combines the richness and intensity of perfectly ripened old vine fruit with the structure and acidity of great Sonoma Coast winegrowing.
Varietal Content: 100% Chardonnay; Cooperage: 100% French oak, 35% New Oak, and 65% Neutral
Balancing a rich, silky texture with beautiful structure and acidity, this wine shows why the old-vine Chardonnay from Charles Heintz Vineyard is so coveted. Entrancing aromas of juicy ripe pear, honey and peach rise from the glass, along with hints of flowers. The lush fruit notes continue on the palate, where they are supported by seamlessly integrated French oak from aging in barrel.
Harvest 2016 was another banner year for wine quality in the Sonoma Coast. Though budbreak was early due to warm weather in February and March, a cool spring led to delayed flowering and some shatter, lowering yields compared to the previous three vintages. The combination of an early budbreak and a moderatesized crop led to one of the earliest harvest start dates on record. Though harvest was early, ideal temperate weather in the run-up to harvest resulted in wines of exceptional concentration and purity.