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Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Founders Reserve 2009

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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.

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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 Founders Reserve

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Snooth User: cgplayer9
8492221,032
3.50 5
08/08/2011

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!


Snooth User: ParkHaydn
90903428
3.50 5
08/06/2011

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Founders Reserve

External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
10/31/2012

Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a fantastic value. Plenty of Lemon-Lime fruit character with bright acid and a lingering finish.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
08/10/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
09/27/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
05/21/2011

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
Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
11/27/2012

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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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.

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