2018 Radio-Coteau 'Wingtine' Chardonnay Sonoma Coast California USA
The 2018 Wingtine Chardonnay is an elegant balance of lively acidity and layered richness. Bright aromas of white nectarine, orange blossom and fresh apricot bound from the glass, followed closely by heady notes of cantaloupe and lemon curd. Warm elements of baking spices and pie crust add complexity on the palate, while a characteristic slate minerality enlivens the long, thoughtful finish.
The 2018 Chardonnay Wingtine is a blend of fruit from the estate and Charles Heintz, which is right next door. Precise and beautifully focused, the Wingtine is a brilliant wine with tons of potential. Lemon peel, white flowers, mint, chalk and chamomile all grace this exquisite, vibrant Chardonnay. The 2018 is just gorgeous. The blend of the two sites works so well here.
Rated 95 Points Vinous
Wingtine is Eric Sussman’s blend of the chardonnay he planted in Harrison Grade in 2014, with Charles Heintz’s fruit from across the road, where the vines were planted in 1982. Both grow on Goldridge soil, both sites under a strong influence of the Pacific, which lends this wine the freshness of a sea breeze. The young-vine fruit seems to add luscious richness—a fresh cream note and a sweet Vidalia onion rootiness that would work especially well with the sweet flesh of a scallop. Wingtine is as delicious as the Heintz bottling (also recommended here), though it is slightly less resistant to oxygen—quibbling, perhaps, to say that the old-vine Heintz wine wins out when both have been open for days.
Rated 93 Points Wine & Spirits