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Bottle Price: $51.00
Bin: 247
Name: Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay
Vintage: 2016
Region: Sonoma Coast AVA, California (WS:87 - Drink now)
Varietal: Chardonnay
Producer: Sonoma-Cutrer
Country: USA
Rating: WS:87

Tasting Notes: Aromas of Fuji apple, fresh roses, lime, lemon blossom and nectarine are complemented with touches of nougat, baking spices and Sonoma-Cutrer’s signature wet stone minerality. True to the Russian River Ranches style, the wine is elegant and balanced with a nice, bright acidity and a long focused structure. Crisp and zesty flavors of lemon drop, lime and grapefruit are accented with a nice barrel spice. A light, creamy mid-palate flows into a crisp, citrus acidity rounding out to a long and persistent finish.
Galaxy Notes: Grapes were hand-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 day 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, used and neutral oak. 90% Malolactic Fermentation Oak aged for 8 months 17% New, 14% 1 yr., 18% 2 yr., 18% 3 yr., 33% Neutral
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