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Charles Heintz Vineyards

Owner(s) Charles E. Heintz, Karen Heintz
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Charles Heintz Vineyards

Charles Heintz Ranch, owned and farmed by Charles E. Heintz, is located on the second ridge in from the Pacific Ocean at 900 ft. elevation. The Heintz family has farmed the same coastal ridgeline in western Sonoma County for 100 years and Charles is the third generation farmer of Heintz Ranch.

Since the vineyard is a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, it offers early bud break, moderate summer days and the "Indian summer" that makes October the typical month of harvest. Soil type is Goldridge sandy loam. Total vineyard size is 55 acres: 25 acres of Chardonnay (Clone 4) planted in 1982, 20 acres of Pinot Noir (Pommard 4, 113, 115, Swan, Beringer) planted in 1996 and 5 acres of Syrah (clones 174, 470 and a field select) planted in 2002.

Charles credits Ted Lemon with teaching him how to grow quality fruit and the two have been working together for 18 years.

Bonded in 1997, Heintz produces 100% estate, ultra-premium Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah wines, each of which is usually less that 200 cases. Charles Heintz was the winemaker from 1997-2002, Kevin Kelley was responsible for the 2003-2011 vintages, and now Charles has resumed the winemaking roll using Hugh Chapelle as a consultant. A second value-priced Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are produced under the Dutch Bill Creek label using a distinctively different winemaking process.

Grapes have been sold to Ceritas, DeLoach, DuMol, Freeman, Flowers, L'Angevin, Landmark, LIOCO, Littorai, Migration/Duckhorn, Moone-Tsai, Pierson Meyer, Porter-Bass, Rare Cat, Salinia, Suacci-Carciere, Von Holt, Williams Selyem, and Baton Wines.

The wines are extremely limited in quantity and sold through a mailing list. 877-874-3852. Personal winery visits are available by advanced appointment.

Reviewed Wines

2006 Heintz Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., $45. From the Heintz Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast that is better known for Chardonnay. · A dark-fruited wine with a light touch of smoky oak. Juicy, restrained and nicely weighted in the mouth. There seems to be a hint of Brett in the nose that some drinkers will find appealing. Reviewed November 17, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Heintz Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

A ’Wine Gone Wild’ with plenty of exotic, deep and dark fruit, musk and earthiness. Reviewed July 30, 2007 ARTICLE »