This Chardonnay fruit is grown in the winery’s Rutherford estate Trailside Vineyard, supplemented with grapes from Oak Knoll. The wine aged for nine months in French oak, 20 percent new, and malolactic was suppressed. It’s a sunny yellow color with a springtime fragrance of daffodils and sweet clover. The wine’s firm acidity forms an armature for spreading quince-apple fruits, while the finish strikes a flinty note, followed by lemon-lime. It’s a Napa Chardonnay that is not over-oaked and buttery, not too ripe, not too-too. Huzzah.
2016 Heitz Cellar Chardonnay Napa Valley
13.5% abv | $27 (sample)