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Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Estate Bottled 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

The rains arrived here in Coastal California quite late, with extensive heavy weather in April and on into May. At that point, harvest was expected to be delayed by as much as a month, but a steadily warmer summer growing season found the vines racing ahead a bit in a struggle to catch up. Larger than average clusters brought a bit of uneven ripening, and we rolled the dice to assure flavors were not just fully mature, but bursting with complex flavors, concentrated in color, taste, with wonderful acidity, as they usually are in our top Pinot Noir vineyard lots. In the end, we harvested about two weeks later than normal, to good effect as the grapes proved to be worth the wait.

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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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5.00 5
01/20/2012

Yummy, berries, rich but not too much



Tasting Notes:

Our Pinot Noir shows an intense ruby red color we’ve come to expect, and like the last vintage, this wine is full of personality. Aromas are pleasantly earthy, and change with every bit of attention given, showing red huckleberry, blackberry, boysenberry and plum alongside a hint of truffle and leather, all touched off with Chinese Five Spice. Silky tannins and a solid acid backbone enhance a well-structured wine with a round, creamy mouth-feel and a long, lingering finish. A pleasant barrel spice leads a cornucopia of flavors playing across red to black fruit and back again to red, featuring red currant, blackberry and pomegranate. Our fourth release of Pinot Noir will continue to evolve and become ever more complex over time, but why wait? Don’t worry, we’ll make another wonderful wine for you next vintage. From the heart of the Russian River Valley, Enjoy!

The rains arrived here in Coastal California quite late, with extensive heavy weather in April and on into May. At that point, harvest was expected to be delayed by as much as a month, but a steadily warmer summer growing season found the vines racing ahead a bit in a struggle to catch up. Larger than average clusters brought a bit of uneven ripening, and we rolled the dice to assure flavors were not just fully mature, but bursting with complex flavors, concentrated in color, taste, with wonderful acidity, as they usually are in our top Pinot Noir vineyard lots. In the end, we harvested about two weeks later than normal, to good effect as the grapes proved to be worth the wait.

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