In the glass, the wine showcases a beautiful soft straw color with hints of pale green tinges. This vintage, once again, showcases the exceptional consistency of flavor and classic style of Sonoma-Cutrer that Russian River Ranches fans have come to expect. Fruit forward aromas rich with citrus, lime zest, white peach and Honeycrisp apple mingle with delicate notes of hazelnut, roasted nuts and oak spice. Flavors of crisp, zesty lemon, and barrel spice with just a touch of minerality fill your mouth with the first sip. The wine is refreshing with a beautifully focused, creamy mouthfeel that has bright acidity balance and a long, juicy finish.
Ideal pairings for this wine include poultry dishes, prawns, risotto, or Salmon. ~Winemakers Notes
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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.