Wine Spectator 87 points - A taut, flinty style, with a minerally edge to the green apple, spice and underbrush notes. Complex, if lacking focus. Drink now through 2019. 2,500 cases made.-JL
(Jun 15 2015)
Aromas of lime, grapefruit and lemon are mixed with the familiar, flinty, mineral notes that are a defining characteristic of our Les Pierres Vineyard. These are accented with hints of caramel, fresh cream, nutmeg and honey. The citrus flavors of grapefruit, lemonade and lime are accented with the Les Pierres classic minerality, caramelized oak, and spice that nicely balance the citrus flavors.
|Wine maker notes
|Les Pierres Vineyard consistently produces wines that rank among the world's finest-what some would call noble wines. Such world-class stars just don't happen, of course; site, viticulture, winemaking and even Mother Nature all play a role in ensuring that a wine is of exceptional quality.
The most significant factor in a noble wine, however, is the vineyard's terroir. Located on the eastern slope of Sonoma Mountain, Les Pierres' terroir is predominantly defined by its soils, which are replete with rock and cobblestones. The stones are volcanic, eroded over the years from the Sonoma Mountain volcano, and deposited over the past two million years at Les Pierres. Consequently, wines made from Les Pierres grapes possess flinty, mineral aromas and distinctive flavors that are present vintage after vintage.
|Sonoma-Cutrer has been producing the finest quality wines since it opened as a vineyard company in 1973. Its foundation is built in the hillsides and rocky foothills in the region recognized as the Sonoma Coast Appellation - this region experiences long, even growing seasons thanks to the cool, foggy coastal climate. In the 70’s, the company planted several different grape varieties and virtually overnight Sonoma-Cutrer’s Chardonnay grapes had gained a reputation for exceptional quality and were in high demand by many premium wineries.
Discussions about creating a cutting-edge winery began, and Sonoma-Cutrer gathered a crew of wine experts including Terrence Clancy, Brad Web, Bill Bonetti, Robert Haas, David Reid and Chuck Bennett. Under the guidance of these experts, Sonoma-Cutrer made Chardonnay its main focus, and it was to be made exclusively from Sonoma-Cutrer’s own vineyards. In 1981, ground was broken for the new winery.
Today, Sonoma-Cutrer’s flagship wine, Russian River Ranches, is the most requested Chardonnay in America’s finest restaurants according to the annual Wine & Spirits Restaurant Poll, April 2013 (22 of the last 24 years). For wine consumers, the name Sonoma-Cutrer is synonymous with superb Chardonnay.