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2009 Peter Paul Chardonnay

Peter Paul Winery
2009 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

Exceptional...  A Stunning Chardonnay

Like so many of the small, family run wineries that have sprung up in Sonoma over the last decade, Peter Paul Wines started as the dream of someone with a passion for wine and a successful career in another industry, and came together as a second career for owner Peter Paul.  Sourcing fruit from some of the finest vineyards in Napa And Sonoma, Peter Paul has been able to produce wonderful wines, and we were particularly impressed with one of their Chardonnay’s; when we found out we would be able to offer it for less than $30, we jumped at the chance.

The 2009 Peter Paul Mill Station Road Chardonnay, from a cool pocket of the Russian River Valley, is medium straw in color. The nose both classy and classic, with lemon, paraffin, pear, green apple, wet slate and brioche, beautifully representing both Chardonnay and the cool climate in which it was grown.  The palate is rich and fruity, with melon, lime, kiwi and ripe tropical fruit flavors, underpinned by just a touch of spicy French oak.  Powerful yet lively, this is a beautiful example of California Chardonnay that should please those who like richer California Chardonnay, yet without turning off those whose palate leans in a more European direction.  Break out the crab cakes or lobster tail, and enjoy them with a glass of this stunning Chardonnay!

Technical Data:
Appellation: Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
100% French Oak
1000 Cases Produced

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...

Success in the financial services helped Peter T. Paul pursue his passion for wine. In 1999, he purchased the Grove Street Winery, in Healdsburg, CA., which allowed him to learn the ropes and embark upon his vinous adventure. Today he is the owner of Peter Paul Wines, for which he sources grapes from select vineyards in both Napa and Sonoma counties. In addition to his wine and other business interests, Peter pursues a parallel career in philanthropy. With a long-term commitment to raising the standard of life for underprivileged children and their families, he created in 1995 the The Headlands Foundation, which raises funds and contributes money to worthwhile charitable organizations in the Bay Area. Peter also sponsors worldwide events each year including the Russian Arts Foundation, and the Russian National Orchestra's recording of Wolf Tracks narrated by Sophia Loren, Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev. Proceeds from the sale of Wolf Tracks benefit environmental, wildlife, arts and health organizations around the world.

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