Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay Russian River Valley Russian River Ranches 2003

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Grapes are hand-picked for optimal fl avor and upon arrival at the winery; they are chilled, hand-sorted and gently pressed in whole clusters before undergoing primary fermentation in small French Oak barrels. Staves principally from France’s Vosges and Allier forests, are carefully hand-selected and air seasoned for several years before being crafted by noted barrel artisans such as Tonnellerie Rousseau and Remond. To add greater complexity to the fi nal blend, selected lots undergo malolactic fermentation. All lots rest sur lies in barrels for six months prior to being assembled into a uniform blend. As in most vintages, 2003 Russian River Ranches was allowed to evolve further with an additional six months of bottle aging prior to release.The 2003 Russian River Ranches is crisp and lean, with good weight in the mid palate. Melons come to mind, overlaid by a lemon citrus fl avor, drifting onward to an even more buoyant lemon zest fi nish of exceptional length and complexity. I’m fond of this wine with Pan Asian dishes, and traditional pairings such as shellfi sh or lobster risotto. An interesting cheese trio from the cart might include a Chèvre, Gruyère and Provolone.

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Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards:
  When you think of Sonoma Cutrer Vineyards, think of Chardonnay. Not just because they make award-winning Chardonnay, year after year, but because it’s a part of who they are. Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards was founded as solely a vineyard in 1973, but in 1981 they took the first step to making themselves truly famous: they built a winery. Not just any winery - founder Brice Cutrer Jon... Read more
  When you think of Sonoma Cutrer Vineyards, think of Chardonnay. Not just because they make award-winning Chardonnay, year after year, but because it’s a part of who they are. Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards was founded as solely a vineyard in 1973, but in 1981 they took the first step to making themselves truly famous: they built a winery. Not just any winery - founder Brice Cutrer Jones met with many knowledgeable winemakers of the time and came to a conclusion: the winery should focus ONLY on Chardonnay. This allowed the winemaker, Bill Bonetti, to focus all of his attention to perfecting one thing, boosting the quality of its wine dramatically. It wasn’t until 1992 that the winery acquired Pinot Noir cuttings and started branching out, still only with a total of two wines. Today, Michael Schroeter, current winemaking director of Sonoma Cutrer, continues to craft award-winning wines. Read less

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Snooth User: Slyfox
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5.00 5
08/09/2009

This is some good juice. Again - I'm a red girl. I don't like many whites - I find them lacking. This one never dissapoints. It's got a beautiful nose and comes up big. Just the way I like it.


Snooth User: kathryn
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4.50 5
02/25/2008

good with fish


Snooth User: skiergirl24
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4.50 5
03/28/2010

Very rich and flavorful. Goes great with cheese and fruit or with a main course of fish or pasta. Delicious!


Snooth User: mr nose
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3.50 5
02/17/2008

This wine has been a choice of mine for years. They have yet to miss a year. Very nice.


4.00 5
10/21/2009

Fabulous. Big, rich, and buttery.



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Grapes are hand-picked for optimal fl avor and upon arrival at the winery; they are chilled, hand-sorted and gently pressed in whole clusters before undergoing primary fermentation in small French Oak barrels. Staves principally from France’s Vosges and Allier forests, are carefully hand-selected and air seasoned for several years before being crafted by noted barrel artisans such as Tonnellerie Rousseau and Remond. To add greater complexity to the fi nal blend, selected lots undergo malolactic fermentation. All lots rest sur lies in barrels for six months prior to being assembled into a uniform blend. As in most vintages, 2003 Russian River Ranches was allowed to evolve further with an additional six months of bottle aging prior to release.The 2003 Russian River Ranches is crisp and lean, with good weight in the mid palate. Melons come to mind, overlaid by a lemon citrus fl avor, drifting onward to an even more buoyant lemon zest fi nish of exceptional length and complexity. I’m fond of this wine with Pan Asian dishes, and traditional pairings such as shellfi sh or lobster risotto. An interesting cheese trio from the cart might include a Chèvre, Gruyère and Provolone.

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