Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay 2022, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California

The Sonoma Coast appellation features diverse soil types and growing conditions perfect for producing exceptional Chardonnay. Our Sonoma Coast cuvée is made from select lots representing the finest vineyards this appellation has to offer. For this vintage, the blend contains fruit from four of our estate vineyards and a small group of carefully selected growers. These sites are dramatically affected by the cool afternoon Pacific breezes, fog, soil and diurnal temperature variations. 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. Our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a beautiful pale, medium straw color. On the nose, you are enveloped with stone fruit aromas of white peach and apricot along with vanilla laced oak spice, toasted nuts, light caramel and subtle notes of cinnamon, clove, and an underlying light floral note. The creamy richness of this medium-bodied wine boasts flavors of ripe pear and peach. This is an elegantly structured Chardonnay that offers a lot of finesse and a focused balance from start to finish.