Sourced from the Charles Heintz vineyard on the Sonoma Coast
limestone and shale
farmed using sustainable methods
Hand picked, sorted and whole cluster pressed. Fermented in French oak barrels for 11 months, The wine was racked, clarified and then bottled in August 1996. until it's release in January 2017
11 months in new, French oak barrels. Bottled aged for 21 years!
The 1995 vintage produced roasted nut aromas combined with crisp apple-like flavors to produce a terroir-driven, Meursault style Chardonnay. The scents and flavors of this wine emanate from the marine fogscape of the Sonoma Coast, and the marine shale and limestone terroir. These rich flavors and aromas are reminiscent of a freshly baked yellow plum tart, ground cinnamon, roasted almonds, etc. The unusually favorable fruit-acid structure of this cool climate wine will allow for the sustained development of bottle complexity.
The recently released 1995 Chardonnay Cuvée CH from Kalin Cellars hails from the Charles Heinz vineyard in Sonoma County, and it's one of Terry and Frances Leighton's greatest hits. The wine wafts from the glass with aromas of yellow orchard fruit, toasted hazelnuts, iodine, oatmeal and peaches. The full-bodied, textural palate has considerable gloss and amplitude and the savory complexity that only extended bottle age can bring, but there's plenty of energy too, concluding with a saline, mineral finish. While this seems to be drinking at its peak and it's wide open at the core, who knows what the future will hold: there's certainly no hurry to drink up. Blind, this could pass for a white Burgundy of similar age and considerable pedigree.
The 1995 Kalin Cellars Cuvée CH Chardonnay is a beautiful bottle of wine that has reached its apogee of maturity, wafting from the glass in a pure and classy bouquet of pear, a touch of passion fruit, delicate notes of browned butter, hazelnuts, beautiful, salty soil tones, gentle smokiness and a very deft framing of new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and perfectly balanced, with a fine core of fruit, bright framing acids, lovely complexity and a long, vibrant and very classy finish. A beautiful example sourced from the Charles Heinz vineyard, the 1995 Kalin Cuvée CH is at its apogee today, but will have no trouble cruising along for many years to come. 2017-2030+.
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