SONOMA CUTRER Winery Introduces Winemaker’s Release, the 40th Anniversary Chardonnay
SONOMA CUTRER, the award-winning Sonoma county winery, celebrated its 40th anniversary by releasing a special bottle, the Winemaker’s Release No. 40. This special bottle honors the 40-year legacy in winemaking. It also represents a collaboration between its founding and current winemakers.
California wine pioneer, Sonoma-Cutrer, is located in the heart of the Russian River Valley growing region of Sonoma County.
In its four decades, Sonoma-Cutrer has consistently brought together top-tier talent whose winemaking talents and philosophy celebrate California’s ingenuity while honoring classic Burgundian traditions.
To create this year’s Winemaker’s Release, Directors’ of Winemaking Bill Bonetti (1981-1990), Terry Adams (1991-2010), and Mick Schroeter (2010-Present) worked with Chardonnay Winemaker Cara Morrison (2005-Present) to artfully blend a Chardonnay that pays tribute to the winery’s mastery of the variety.
In selecting the fruit for this wine, the winemakers chose grapes from three closely spaced blocks of Sonoma-Cutrer’s estate vineyards, Les Pierres, The Cutrer, and Vine Hill, which allowed them to craft a varietal that is the ultimate expression of the winery’s classic style.
In the cellar, Grand Cru winemaking techniques were used including minimal settling, bâttonage and sur lie aging for 10 months. The wine was fermented and aged in new and used French oak sourced only from the Orleans Forest in central France. Sonoma-Cutrer’s longtime partners the Gauthier family purchased, split, milled and seasoned the wood, and under the winery’s strict guidelines, the barrels were produced by Remond, Rousseau & TW Boswell Cooperages.
Sonoma-Cutrer’s Winemaker’s Release 40th Anniversary Chardonnay presents beautiful aromas of ripe pear, citrus zest, and baked apple, with light mineral notes and a touch of matchstick for complexity. Layers of spice, caramel, nougat, and pie crust are integrated throughout. Melon and Bosc pear along with lemon meringue flavors mingle with hints of nutmeg, clove, toasted nuts, and oak. The wine strikes an exceptional balance between being full-bodied and delicate, with a creamy mouthfeel highlighting the winery’s signature citrus acidity.
This Chardonnay was very smooth and creamy in the mouth. I loved the mellow fruit that balanced with the light citrus acidity and hints of toasted pecan. The added mineral notes added a layer of interest. This is a very good wine.
Sonoma-Cutrer’s Winemaker’s Release 40th Anniversary Chardonnay (13.9% ABV) will be available at an SRP of $69.99 at some select retail locations as well as direct from the winery at www.sonomacutrer.com.
In celebration of their 40th Anniversary, Sonoma-Cutrer is launching an online consumer photo contest, “Share Your First Time” (With Sonoma-Cutrer). Participants can enter by sharing a photo and story about their first time tasting Sonoma-Cutrer’s wines or visiting the winery for a chance to win a fantasy trip to Sonoma County, California during harvest.
A panel of judges will select a winner to receive a 4-day, 3-night round trip to experience all that California’s wine countryand Sonoma-Cutrer have to offer. For entry and complete rules, visit https://www.sonomacutrer.com/40th-anniversary-contest/.
Deadline to enter is July 31, 2021. The Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States of America who are 21 years of age or older as of the date of entry.
**Full Disclosure: I received product in exchange for my review, but not to worry, all opinions are 100% mine.