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2007 Dutch Bill Creek Chardonnay

Dutch Bill Creek
2007 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

91 Points - Wine Spectator

Earlier in the summer we featured the Heintz Vineyards Pinot Noir, an all estate program from the renowned Heintz vineyard on the Sonoma Coast.  In addition to these estate wines, Heintz also produces a label called Dutch Bill Creek, which uses fruit from the Heintz vineyard as well as purchased fruit from other nearby growers.  When we tasted the 2007 Dutch Bill Creek Chardonnay, we were absolutely blown away, and figured it for an excellent $40-$50 Chardonnay.  When we found out the actual price ($25 retail) and that we at WineHeist would be able to offer it for under $20, we jumped at the chance to secure as much of it as we could.

The 2007 Dutch Bill Creek Chardonnay, from Heintz and other Russian River Valley vineyards is bright gold in color.  The nose shows a beguiling mixture of berry and citrus fruit, along with graphite and white truffle notes.  The palate is juicy without being over-ripe, with citrus, lime, melon and earthy mushroom flavors, coating the palate without being heavy.  Good acidity carries this lithe, intriguing wine through on the long, pleasing finish.  This is perhaps not the Chardonnay for fans of over the top, oaky toasty California Chardonnay, but for fans of riper White Burgundy or California Chardonnay that shows a little restraint. This is a sure winner, and at just $17.50 this may represent one of the best deals you are ever going to see.  Chardonnay fans: do not miss this one!

Appellation: Russian River Valley (Heintz Ranch, Searby & Boriolo Vineyards)
Bottled 9/6/08 - 642 cases
14.2% alcohol

The Heintz Ranch has been in their family for nearly 100 years, but despite some early experimentation with Zinfandel (aborted

thanks to the beginning of prohibition), it wasn’t until 1982 that the property was planted with Chardonnay vines.  As the

amazing potential of this cool site near the Pacific Ocean became clear, Pinot Noir was added, and this unique site’s destiny

as a haven for Burgundian varieties in California was realized.  Heintz Ranch grapes are used by many of the top Pinot and

Chard producers in California, including Littorai, Freeman, and Williams-Selyem, but the family reserves some of the best

blocks for their own label. The finest lots are used for the ultra-premium Heintz label, and we are very lucky to have been

able to snag a small allocation of the Heintz Pinot Noir from the stunning 2007 vintage.

This wine is hard to find normally, let alone at a discount, so don’t miss your chance on this one!
The 2007 Heintz Pinot Noir, from the family vineyard just outside Occidental, shows all the characteristics of cool climate

Pinot Noir.  Light red in color with a hint of purple, the nose shows black cherry, pine, and earthy undertones. The palate is

loaded with an array of flavors, from raspberry and cherry to earthy, almost graphite notes, and a hint of eucalyptus.  Medium

to light in body, this has remarkable complexity and depth, and does an amazing job of showing off the terroir of the “true”

Sonoma Coast, where the influence of cool air from the Pacific Ocean is huge.  This is one for the true Pinotphile, and should

reward another year or two in the cellar.

About The Winery...

Heintz Ranch has been owned by the Heintz family for nearly 100 years.  Charlies’ grandparents purchased the land in 1912.  Over the many decades they grew many crops. In the first years it was chickens, berries, cherries apples and other vegetables.

The Heintz family grew to nine children, which became the labor force. In the early 1900’s the Heintz family planted a few acres of vineyard. Zinfandel grew well here. At Prohibition, the grape vines were removed and replaced with apple orchards. Apples stayed in production here until the Chardonnay vineyard was planted in 1982.

Charlie began farming Heintz Ranch in 1984. He continually strives to learn new techniques, keeping up with the latest tools and innovations.

Their first label became known as “Dutch Bill Creek” in recognition of one of the early settlers of the town of Occidental, CA named William “Dutch Bill” Howard and the creek that was later named after him.  The train on our label is representative of the train that used to pass through the center of town.

The ultra-premium label is “Heintz.” These small-production wines are made from 100% Heintz Ranch fruit.

Because the wines are produced in small quantities, they receive the utmost care and attention, which is reflected in the taste, color and aroma of our wines.  Charlie painstakingly manages all aspects of farming the 55 acres of vineyard including operations and personally overseeing the winemaking process of our Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and Syrah.

In addition to producing their own wine each year, the remaining Heintz Ranch fruit goes to a few select, high-end wineries in Sonoma and Napa tha include: Littorai, Freeman, and Williams-Selyem. Charlie prides himself on working closely with each winemaker to deliver quality fruit, consistently, each and every year.

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