Dutch Bill Creek
2009 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Chardonnay •Heintz Ranch
California: Russian River Valley
Ode to Dutch Bill
For the third successive vintage in a row, we are very pleased to be showing the delightfully approachable 2009 Dutch Bill Creek Russian River Valley Chardonnay.
With a fresh, bright nose and bright, fresh flavors on the palate, this wine delivers a delightful drinking experience - at a very budget-friendly price.
This is a food friendly wine that encompasses a range of flavors and aromas. There is an earthiness and a brightness that give the wine great balance.
Enjoy well-chilled, but for a smoother and more flavorful experience, allow the wine to warm just slightly in the glass before enjoying.
Medium golden hues with a heavy-looking and viscous surface.
Clover honey and mixed citrus meld with acacia petals, dried apricot, candied walnut and berry bramble (without the berries).
Citrus, lemon curd, hazelnut, apricot, nectarine and flinty minerals.
Starts bold and then tails off slowly. Citrus persists at the edges of the palate for a very long time. At the very end, flint and white pepper persist the longest.
Barbequed salmon with a lemon mignonette sauce.
What the Winery Says
2009 Dutch Bill Creek Chardonnay
- Russian River Valley (1/3 each Heintz Ranch/Searby/Boriolo Vineyards)
- 3/7/11 - 154 cases
Tasting Notes: Blending three old vine vineyards from different corners of the appellation gives this wine a depth an complexity not only from the soil and vines but also from the varied climates. The aromatics have a wide range that span from apricots and raw honey to nectarines and a minerality that makes you think of flint. The taste is dominated by stone fruit and white flowers which slowly drift into a creamy lemon curd. The sweetness of the fruit is balanced nicely by the acidity that is retained due to the cool climate of the vineyards.
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. Charlie’s father farmed here. Apples stayed in production until the Chardonnay vineyard was planted in 1982. About 8 acres of apple orchard still exists today.
Following in the footsteps of his father, Charlie began farming Heintz Ranch in 1984. He continually strives to learn new techniques, keeping up with the latest tools and innovations.
In 1997, our 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 wine label through the 2008 vintage is representative of the train that used to pass through the center of town.
In 2004, our ultra-premium label, “Heintz” was introduced. These small-production wines are made with 100% Heintz Ranch fruit, farmed for lower yields and are grown primarily on the hillside areas of Heintz Ranch.
Because our wines are produced in small lots, 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 our limited production of 1500 cases of our wine each year, the remaining Heintz Ranch fruit goes to selected high-end wineries in Sonoma and Napa. Charlie prides himself on working closely with each winemaker to deliver quality fruit, consistently, each and every year. Wineries that use Heintz Vineyard grapes include stalwarts such as: Flowers, Williams-Selyem, Littorai, Peay Vineyards, Radio Coteau…and more.