Intense aromas of white peach, baked apple and nectarine join toasty oak, cedar and coffee, with an earthiness that declares this to be a very special wine. As you begin to enjoy the wine in your glass, a well balanced wine emerges with a solid acid backbone, rich, medium to heavy in weight with a broad yet still firm mid-palate. The influence of Les Pierres is seen in the lean structure and touch of minerality. Flavors of melon, pineapple, key lime pie leap forward, alongside more traditional lemon, apple, pear, and cantaloupe — the full array of Sonoma’s cornucopia of fruit, joining a nutty, spicy, lightly oaky profile that stakes out a unique territory sure to please those who love Chardonnay. The wine is fermented and aged in small French Oak barrels for eight months where it undergoes malolactic fermentation to completion. The more mature influence of older vines can be seen in the wine, which promises to continue to evolve over time, bringing joy to both winemaker and those lucky enough to savor a glass.
Pairing tip: A great complement to poultry, shellfish and vegetables. Ideal with goat cheese or sheeps' milk cheese.
|Sonoma-Cutrer has been producing the finest quality wines since it opened as a vineyard company in 1973. Its foundation is built in the hillsides and rocky foothills in the region recognized as the Sonoma Coast Appellation - this region experiences long, even growing seasons thanks to the cool, foggy coastal climate. In the 70’s, the company planted several different grape varieties and virtually overnight Sonoma-Cutrer’s Chardonnay grapes had gained a reputation for exceptional quality and were in high demand by many premium wineries.
Discussions about creating a cutting-edge winery began, and Sonoma-Cutrer gathered a crew of wine experts including Terrence Clancy, Brad Web, Bill Bonetti, Robert Haas, David Reid and Chuck Bennett. Under the guidance of these experts, Sonoma-Cutrer made Chardonnay its main focus, and it was to be made exclusively from Sonoma-Cutrer’s own vineyards. In 1981, ground was broken for the new winery.
Today, Sonoma-Cutrer’s flagship wine, Russian River Ranches, is the most requested Chardonnay in America’s finest restaurants according to the annual Wine & Spirits Restaurant Poll, April 2013 (22 of the last 24 years). For wine consumers, the name Sonoma-Cutrer is synonymous with superb Chardonnay.