Heritage Oak

 

Heritage Oak is a leading player in the move to the sustainable farming practices which are in use throughout the estate vineyard which supply the winery with their Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. 

 

While I toured the vineyards extensively during my visit to Heritage Oaks, the opportunity to taste and discuss their wines was somewhat limited. The wines I did get to try all showed good fruit in a simple, fruit-driven style. 

 

2012 Heritage Oak Grenache Rose

 

Fruity on the nose with a lime undercurrent to the big strawberry aromas that are framed with a hint of herb. This is medium and full-bodied for a rose and while it shows a hint of alcohol it also delivers lots of bright tart strawberry fruit along with hints of little spice and a nice fresh watermelon tone on the moderately long finish. A fun rose for summer. 85pts

 

2012 Heritage Oak Sauvignon Blanc

 

Candied citrus on the nose is joined by aromas of fresh kiwi and melon with little suggestions of bay leaf and vanilla. This smells fruity and yeasty. There’s good acid here lending freshness to the small citrus and green fruit flavors that are clean on the palate and show a touch of sweetness on the back end and through the modest finish. 83pts

 

2012 Heritage Oak Chardonnay

 

Pear and sweet apple fruits greet the nose along with peach and almond aromas. This is medium-bodied and a bit raw on the palate with apple fruit wrapped with a hint of creaminess in a clean finish that shows refreshing acids on the back end and a touch of apricot on the finish. A fruit-driven style. 84pts

 

2010 Heritage Oak Block 14 Zinfandel 14.8%

 

Nice perfumy nose shows a bit of wood, with a nice briary and slightly peppery spice tone to the jammy blackberry fruit. This is big, broad, and fairly transparent in the mouth with nice depth to the lightly peppery, slightly candied black currant, blackberry fruit. The back end turns a little creamy with some wild cherry notes on the modest finish. This is rather soft with very ripe tannins. 85pts