Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay 2019, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California

The Sonoma Coast appellation features diverse soil types and growing conditions perfect for producing exceptional Chardonnay. For this vintage, the blend contains fruit from the five Russian River Valley Estate Vineyards & a small group of carefully selected growers. All of these sites are dramatically affected by the cool afternoon Pacific breezes, fog and diurnal temperature variations. 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, clear 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. This wine has the distinctive Sonoma-Cutrer balance between elegance and richness for a medium bodied, mouth-filling wine. The creamy texture of this wine offers flavors of ripe pear and peach that is balanced with a nice, bright acidity. There is lots of finesse to the long, silky finish highlighted with long barrel spice notes.