Russian River Ranches is a cuve of distinct vineyard lots, each contributing its own personality to the wine. This wine is made from the Sonoma Coast appellation, which features diverse soil types and growing conditions perfect for producing exceptional Chardonnay. This vintage blend contains fruit from our six estate vineyards and a small group of carefully selected growers.
Russian River Ranches Chardonnay is a beautiful, pale straw color. On the nose, this wine is a virtual cornucopia of aromatic fruit. It opens with scents of Bosc pear and Honeycrisp apple accentuated with notes of nougat, roasted nuts, oak spice and a touch of citrus blossom. True to the Russian River Ranches style, the wine is beautifully focused on the palate with bright acidity and a nicely balanced long, flavorful structure.
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Sonoma-Cutrer has been producing the finest quality wines since it opened as a vineyard company in 1973. Its foundation is built in the hillsides and rocky foothills in the region recognized as the Sonoma Coast Appellation – this region experiences long, even growing seasons thanks to the cool, foggy coastal climate. In the 70's, the company planted several different grape varieties and virtually overnight Sonoma-Cutrer's Chardonnay grapes had gained a reputation for exceptional quality and were in high demand by many premium wineries.
Discussions about creating a cutting-edge winery began, and Sonoma-Cutrer gathered a crew of wine experts including Terrence Clancy, Brad Web, Bill Bonetti, Robert Haas, David Reid and Chuck Bennett. Under the guidance of these experts, Sonoma-Cutrer made Chardonnay its main focus, and it was to be made exclusively from Sonoma-Cutrer's own vineyards. In 1981, ground was broken for the new winery.
Today, Sonoma-Cutrer's flagship wine, Russian River Ranches, is the most requested Chardonnay in America's finest restaurants according to the annual Wine & Spirits Restaurant Poll, April 2013 (22 of the last 24 years). For wine consumers, the name Sonoma-Cutrer is synonymous with superb Chardonnay.