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Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2016

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Aromas of nectarine, stone fruit, white peach and oak spice are accented with hints of vanilla, toasted nuts and a touch of butterscotch and light caramel with a subtle cinnamon spice undertone. This wine has the distinctive Sonoma-Cutrer balance between elegance and richness for a medium-bodied, mouth-filling wine. The creamy texture of this wine offers flavors of ripe pear and peach that is balanced with a nice, bright acidity. There is lots of finesse’ to the long, silky finish highlighted with long barrel spice notes. -Winery Website

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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 Sonoma Coast

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Snooth User: Dreatheshea
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 08/31/2012

Pineapple and butterscotch...but more fruit then cream.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 11/08/2009

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


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 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: WineborkDotCom
38982702
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 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
Vintage: 2006 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
Vintage: 2006 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
Vintage: 2006 12/24/2009

Nice and buttery. Not too overpowering. Clean finish.


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External Reviews for Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

External Review
Vintage: 2014 04/23/2016

Flavor Notes: Aromas of apple pie, Bosc pear and white peach are accented with oak spice, a hint of vanilla, toasted nuts, and a touch of butterscotch and light caramel. This wine has the distinctive Sonoma-Cutrer balance between elegance and richness for a medium-bodied, mouth-filling wine. The creamy richness has flavors of ripe apple, pear, peach and melon balanced with a bright acidity with lots of finesse. There is a long, silky finish highlighted with notes of roasted nuts and barrel spice.


External Review
Vintage: 2013 04/10/2015

OBSERVATIONS ON A VINTAGE: The 2013 growing season was one of the more moderate in several years. A fairly dry spring brought on bud break a couple of weeks earlier than usual and set the early pattern through flowering, set, veraison and finally harvest. The weather was absolutely perfect throughout the summer with just the right amount of fog influence. Harvest started a couple of weeks early, beginning on August 28th. The great weather continued and a steady fruit intake peaked during the week of September 23rd with almost a one-third of the harvest coming in over a six day period. This represented an all-time single week tonnage record for Sonoma-Cutrer. The winery team took it all in stride with the process running at a fast and smooth pace. The harvest lasted a total of five weeks with the last fruit trickling in on October 7th. This was the second consecutive year of an above average harvest that led to another great vintage. ON THE VINEYARD: The broad Sonoma Coast appellation features diverse soil types and growing conditions perfect for producing exceptional Chardonnay. The Sonoma Coast blend is made from select lots representing the finest vineyards this appellation has to offer. For this vintage, the blend also contains fruit from five of our six vineyards: Vine Hill Vineyard whose quickly-draining sandy soils produce smaller berries, lower yields and add concentrated flavors in the wine; Cutrer Vineyard, whose sandy loam soil and cooling fogs contribute tropical fruit notes and a rich, yellow-gold color to the blend; Owsley Vineyard, our coolest vineyard due to is close proximately to the Pacific Ocean, which creates a unique concentration and character in the Chardonnay; Shiloh Vineyard, whose warmer climate produces a riper, more full-bodied Chardonnay; and Kent Vineyard with its gravelly clay soils along with morning and afternoon fog from the Pacific that slows the ripening process and creates a longer maturation time for the grapes. ON THE WINE This wine has all the elements of a classic Chardonnay. Grapes were hand-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 85% French oak barrels and 15% stainless steel for fermentation. The wine was aged sur-lies for eight months in French oak. Barrels were mixture of new, one to three year-old and neutral oak. Fruit aromas of Golden Delicious apple, Bosc pear and white peach are accented with oak spice, a hint of vanilla, toasted nuts, a light floral note and a touch of butterscotch. This wine has the signature Sonoma-Cutrer balance between elegance and richness for a medium-bodied, mouth-filling wine. The creamy richness is balanced with a bright acidity and highlighted with flavors of apple, pear and lemon zest. There is a long finish highlighted with notes of toasted almonds and barrel spice. - Winery


Vintage: 2006 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.


Vintage: 2006 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.


Vintage: 2006 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


External Review
Vintage: 2006 03/05/2009

Using grapes from their renowned "Cutrer" and "Vine Hill" vineyards, Sonoma Cutrer has added a stunning new Chardonnay to their esteemed family of wines. Well-balanced with a citrusy nose and slightly oaky flavors, this is the perfect wine for grilled fish.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesDistinct 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. In the mouth, a well balanced wine with a solid acid backbone is rich, medium to heavy in weight with a broad yet still firm mid-palate. The finish is long and lingering and notable for a touch of spice and upbeat, lively acidity. Flavors of lemon, apple, pear, pineapple and cantaloupe - the full array of Sonomas cornucopia of fruit, joins a nutty, spicy, lightly oaky profile that stakes out a unique territory sure to please those who love Chardonnay


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Aromas of nectarine, stone fruit, white peach and oak spice are accented with hints of vanilla, toasted nuts and a touch of butterscotch and light caramel with a subtle cinnamon spice undertone. This wine has the distinctive Sonoma-Cutrer balance between elegance and richness for a medium-bodied, mouth-filling wine. The creamy texture of this wine offers flavors of ripe pear and peach that is balanced with a nice, bright acidity. There is lots of finesse’ to the long, silky finish highlighted with long barrel spice notes. -Winery Website

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