Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Founders Reserve 2009
Intense aromas of white peach, baked apple and nectarine join toasty oak, cedar and coffee, with an earthiness that declares this to be a very special wine. As you begin to enjoy the wine in your glass, a well balanced wine emerges with a solid acid backbone, rich, medium to heavy in weight with a broad yet still firm mid-palate. The influence of Les Pierres is seen in the lean structure and touch of minerality. Flavors of melon, pineapple, key lime pie leap forward, alongside more traditional lemon, apple, pear, and cantaloupe — the full array of Sonoma’s cornucopia of fruit, joining a nutty, spicy, lightly oaky profile that stakes out a unique territory sure to please those who love Chardonnay. The wine is fermented and aged in small French Oak barrels for seven months where it undergoes malolactic fermentation to completion. The more mature influence of older vines can be seen in the wine, which promises to continue to evolve over time, bringing joy to both winemaker and those lucky enough to savor a glass.
On the nose, a bright mixture of lemon/lime and honey. On the palate, again lemon/lime and honey, plus pineapple, pears and a hint of butter. This wine has robust acid but is well balanced against the fruitiness with a nice long aromatic citrus finish. Just a bit on the tart side, but refreshingly so; light-medium bodied; wonderful summertime thirst quencher!
Three and a half glasses
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Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a fantastic value. Plenty of Lemon-Lime fruit character with bright acid and a lingering finish.
Rich and intense aromas of honey, apple pie, butterscotch and roasted hazelnuts are complimented with citrus notes of lemon blossom and lemon curd. This wine fills the mouth with rich texture, a round and creamy mid-palate is supported by that signature Sonoma-Cutrer clean, citrus-laced acidity that creates an excellent balance. Fruit flavors of baked apple, lemon curd, pear and melon are accented with a complimentary bit of toasty oak.
Herersquo;s a rich Chardonnay. Itrsquo;s upfront in pineapple pie, peach cobbler, pear jam, apple butter and caramelly oak flavors, yet is dry and pleasantly crisp in acidity.
A solid, direct Chardonnay. Doesnrsquo;t offer a whole lot of complexity, but itrsquo;s dry and creamy, with spicy, oak-inspired pineapple and green apple flavors.
You can feel and taste the cool weather during this vintage in the citrusy acids, steely minerals and sleek, streamlined flavors of Meyer lemons and nectarines. Barrel fermentation adds needed richness. Good price for a dry, sophisticated Chardonnay.
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.
Rich and intense aromas of honey, apple pie, butterscotch and roasted hazelnuts are complimented with citrus notes of lemon blossom and lemon curd. This wine fills the mouth with rich texture, a round and creamy mid-palate is supported by that signature S
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