Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

Score: N/A Tasting Notes: 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. Web Site: Click Here

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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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Member Reviews for Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
3.50 5
05/03/2010

Nose of pineapple preserves on freshly baked and buttered baguette. Some hints of smoky peach. Rich and creamy on the palate. Flavors of honeysuckle, tropical fruit salad, dashes of créme bruleé and some stony fruits. Lingering smoky, creamy finish. It hangs on nicely.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
3.50 5
11/08/2009

- Tasted at Lee's Wine Experience 11/7/09


Snooth User: WineborkDotCom
38982702
3.00 5
11/19/2009

Soft, flavorful, straightforward Chardonnay that displays mellow citrus and peach fruit, subtle spiciness, and a nice acid balance. Pleasant to drink, though lacks grip and depth compared to the better Chardonnays


Snooth User: Barcelonaguy
869311206
3.00 5
06/24/2011

A bit over rated and a bit over priced. Other than that it was fine. I am just a bit tired of Cali wines just a few dollars over priced.


Snooth User: oxygin21
152011165
4.00 5
05/16/2009

I like this chard a lot. It consistently brings the flavor and depth that makes it a perfect wine for many occasions. Drinking with food it has a great citrus acidity to cut through and support heavy cream sauces and cheeses, yet by itself you get a great vanilla honey-oak flavor. Croud pleaser.


Snooth User: andrewjkeller
335697163
4.00 5
12/24/2009

Nice and buttery. Not too overpowering. Clean finish.


Snooth User: steph999
523419159
4.50 5
01/07/2012

Nice full flavor. Easy to drink.


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External Reviews for Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

11/12/2010

Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. From its mildly vanillin, slightly developed aromas to its rounded and somewhat low-energy flavors, this bottling is marked by a certain lack of drive, and, while fruity, is never especially bright. It lets a little heat peek though at the finish, and the time for its drinking is nigh.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


07/05/2011

"Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. If somewhat citrusy and stiff


11/12/2010

Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. If somewhat citrusy and stiff, this awkward, underfilled offering is starting to fade and has gained suggestions of cider standing in for defined Chardonnay fruit. Dry, a bit hard in feel and in want of deeper, more vital fruit at the finish, it has gone past its best and needs drinking now.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


External Review
07/13/2010

Wine Name: Sonoma Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2006, Category: Wine, Brand: Sonoma Cutrer, Winery: Sonoma Cutrer, Price: $19.85, Bottle Size: 750 mls., Bottles per Case: 12, Made In: USA, State: California, Appellation: Sonoma, Vintage: 2006, Varietal: Chardonnay, Wine Type: White Wine


External Review
09/15/2009

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.


External Review
01/29/2010

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
05/18/2011

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.


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Tasting Notes:

The color is fine yellow gold, with perfect clarity, and aromas of kiwi, star fruit, lemongrass, white pepper, golden delicious apple, grapefruit, lychee, toasted nuts and nougat, and the familiar flinty lava dust and mineral notes that are a defining characteristic of our Les Pierres vineyard. Drink in earthy flavors of Meyer lemon, kiwi, raw sugar, and cardamom with an overlay of toasted bread, oak spice and almond paste. The mouthfeel in this vintage is in delicate balance between lively crispness and a round lingering fullness. Our careful approach to oak aging and fermentation adds just the right touch of fresh-baked bread crust. The structure continues to show mineral, and is firm, balanced, elegant and focused. A wonderfully long finish is classic Les Pierres. One of Sonoma-Cutrer’s signature wines, Les Pierres is more austere than our cuvees and will show new faces for many vintages to come.

Score: N/A Tasting Notes: 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. Web Site: Click Here

Wine Specs:

Sugar: 7.7 grams per liter Total Acidity: 6.34 grams per liter

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