Bright fruit aromas of kiwi, apple and white peach are followed by notes of toasted nuts and stone fruit, with touches of sweet oak and honeysuckle. This wine has the signature Sonoma-Cutrer balance from start to finish with a creamy and juicy mid-palate. Flavors of stone fruit and lime are accented with toasted nuts and barrel spice.
Vineyards: The Sonoma Coast appellation features diverse soil types and growing conditions perfect for producing exceptional Chardonnay. Our Sonoma Coast blend is made from select lots representing the finest vineyards this appellation has to offer. For this vintage, the blend contains fruit from all six of our estate vineyards and a small group of carefully selected growers. These sites are dramatically affected by the cool afternoon Pacific breezes, fog and diurnal temperature variations.
Winemaking Notes: This wine is a classic, elegantly structured Chardonnay. Grapes were harvested starting in the early mornings and then cooled down to 50°-55°F to preserve the fruit’s fresh flavors and natural acidity. After hand sorting, the grapes were whole-cluster pressed to avoid bitter tannins from the skins and grape seeds. The cool, golden-green, free-run juice was then settled naturally in tanks for a few days before heading to French oak barrels and stainless steel for fermentation. The wine was then aged sur-lies in French oak. Barrels were a mixture of new and one-year-old through neutral oak. Sonoma Coast is a pale to medium beautiful straw color. The wine explodes out of the glass with aromas of apricot, nectarine and melon. These fruit aromas are combined with notes of oak spice accented with hints of vanilla, toasted nuts with a touch of butterscotch and the subtlest hint of cinnamon and clove. As you taste the wine you experience an elegantly rich, medium-bodied, silky, mouth-filling wine. This vintage has the distinctive Sonoma-Cutrer balance with creamy, rich flavors of ripe pear and peach contrasted with vibrant acidity and a long barrel spice finish.