Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay Russian River Valley Russian River Ranches 2008
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.
a little vanilla, golden apple, and pear aromas with a tinge of citrus on the palate. fruit forward, bold, some tropics, with enjoyable length
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.
Three and a half glasses
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"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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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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|Sugar: 0.7 grams per liter||Total Acidity: 6.77 grams per liter|
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