A true reflection of the winery’s Grace Benoist Ranch estate vineyard, this wine is a blend of the best blocks on the Ranch, tucked away in the far northwest corner of the Carneros appellation. Unlike most Carneros vineyards, which are largely uplifted bay bottoms with soils composed of clay, the soils on Grace Benoist Ranch are variations of volcanic origin. Combining these well-drained, rocky upland soils with the extreme western location closer to San Pablo Bay, make this cooler site an ideal place to grow Burgundian varieties.
93 Points Antonio Galloni: “The 2019 Chardonnay Heirloom Grace Benoist Ranch is a selection of Hanzell Cline. Apricot, tangerine peel, spice and a kick of butter all build in the glass. In this range, the Heirloom stands out for its distinctly phenolic, structured feel. A wine of power and textural intensity. Cobbly soils yield tiny berries, and that intensity comes through nicely.”