Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay Russian River Valley Russian River Ranches 2008

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Distinct aromas of ginger and lemon zest are joined by toasty coconut, melon and caramel alongside a mineral, flinty cedar chest oakiness overlaid by notes of honeysuckle. Well-balanced with a solid acid backbone, the wine is rich and medium-heavy with a broad, yet firm, mid-palate. The long, lingering finish displays a touch of spice and lively acidity. Flavors of lemon, apple, pear, pineapple and cantaloupe, Sonoma's full cornucopia of fruit, join a nutty, spicy, lightly oaky profile. Fermented in oak and undergoing complete malolactic fermentation, the wine shows a mature influence by older vines and promises to evolve over time, bringing joy to both winemaker and those lucky enough to savor a glass. A great complement to poultry, shellfish and vegetables. Ideal with goat cheese or sheeps' milk cheese.

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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

Member Reviews for Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay Russian River Valley Russian River Ranches

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
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3.50 5
03/13/2011

a little vanilla, golden apple, and pear aromas with a tinge of citrus on the palate. fruit forward, bold, some tropics, with enjoyable length


Snooth User: Bonge
60235018
3.50 5
12/17/2010

Very full tasting chardonnay. If you prefer unoaked, don't drink this wine. It has a nice light oak taste which is rounded and well balanced. Nice chardonnay for the $20 price point.


Snooth User: pepp168
581527194
3.50 5
11/13/2011

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay Russian River Valley Russian River Ranches

07/05/2011

"Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Mild and slightly blossomy in its first aromas and showing a ripe apple element with air


11/12/2010

Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Mild and slightly blossomy in its first aromas and showing a ripe apple element with air, the nose here is far more attractive than the slightly round, chalky textured flavors turn out to be. Despite looming fruit at the start, things get thin towards the finish and end with a wiry, lemon-rind edge.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
07/13/2010

Like a tropical breeze, the wine has spicy ginger, coconut, melon and white flower aromas on its nose. The aromas repeat again in the mouth, all pinned down by a zingy pineapple note. Try with a tangy cheese, like fresh chevre, or on its own. According to Wine Enthusiast: "Here's a rich Chardonnay. It's upfront in pineapple pie, peach cobbler, pear jam, apple butter and caramelly oak flavors, yet is dry and pleasantly crisp in acidity.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
04/12/2011

Like a tropical breeze, the wine has spicy ginger, coconut, melon and white flower aromas on its nose. The aromas repeat again in the mouth, all pinned down by a zingy pineapple note. Try with a tangy


External Review
07/13/2010

Wine Name: Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2008, Category: Wine, Brand: Sonoma Cutrer, Winery: Sonoma Cutrer, Price: $17.68, Bottle Size: 375 mls., Bottles per Case: 12, Made In: USA, State: California, Appellation: Sonoma, Vintage: 2008, Varietal: Chardonnay, Wine Type: White Wine


External Review
03/16/2010

Fresh, intense aromas with floral highlights of acacia blossoms move quickly to more traditional Chardonnay aromas of pear, peach, and apple. Tropical notes of guava and toasted coconut are joined by hints of lemongrass and vanilla. The wine is beautifully balanced, delicate yet rich and creamy with well integrated oak. The many pleasures offered by blending our Russian River vineyards brings classic lemon-lime flavors with a slight hint of honey and butter mid-palate. A touch of crème fresh enhances our fruit-forward style, with mineral notes in a distinctive lingering finish. The wine is aged in French oak, with 30% in new barrels, and the balance in a mix of one to three-year old barrels. Its a winemakers dream to blend this cuvee, but for you, its a dream come true.


External Review
10/24/2011

On the tart side, trim and compact, displaying lemony citrus and minerally green flavors that give this a mouthwatering quality. Best from 2011 through 2014. 40,000 cases made. -JL


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Distinct aromas of ginger and lemon zest are joined by toasty coconut, melon and caramel alongside a mineral, flinty cedar chest oakiness overlaid by notes of honeysuckle. Well-balanced with a solid acid backbone, the wine is rich and medium-heavy with a broad, yet firm, mid-palate. The long, lingering finish displays a touch of spice and lively acidity. Flavors of lemon, apple, pear, pineapple and cantaloupe, Sonoma's full cornucopia of fruit, join a nutty, spicy, lightly oaky profile. Fermented in oak and undergoing complete malolactic fermentation, the wine shows a mature influence by older vines and promises to evolve over time, bringing joy to both winemaker and those lucky enough to savor a glass. A great complement to poultry, shellfish and vegetables. Ideal with goat cheese or sheeps' milk cheese.

Wine Specs:

Sugar: 0.7 grams per liter Total Acidity: 6.77 grams per liter

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