Sonoma Coast, California
Gold 2019 North Coast Wine Challenge
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.
Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a classic, elegantly structured Chardonnay. Grapes were harvested starting in the early mornings and then cooled down to 50°-55°F to preserve the fruit's fresh flavors and natural acidity. After hand sorting, the grapes were whole-cluster pressed to avoid bitter tannins from the skins and grape seeds. The cool, golden-green, free-run juice was then
settled naturally in tanks for a few days before heading to French oak barrels and stainless steel for fermentation. The wine was then aged sur-lies in French oak. Barrels were a mixture of new and one-year-old through neutral oak.
Sonoma Coast is a pale to medium beautiful straw color. The wine explodes out of the glass
with aromas of apricot, nectarine and melon. These fruit aromas are combined with notes of
oak spice accented with hints of vanilla, toasted nuts with a touch of butterscotch and the
subtlest hint of cinnamon and clove. As you taste the wine you experience an elegantly rich,
medium-bodied, silky, mouth-filling wine. This vintage has the distinctive Sonoma-Cutrer
balance with creamy, rich flavors of ripe pear and peach contrasted with vibrant acidity and a
long barrel spice finish.
Enjoy Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay Sonoma Coast with salmon, pan-roasted chicken, mushroom dishes, and shrimp off the grill.