Today we dig into three releases from the classic Sonoma winery Sonoma-Cutrer, including the winery’s first ever sparkling wine.
2014 Sonoma-Cutrer Grand Cuvee Russian River Valley – This wine is made from 100% Russian River Valley fruit, a blend of 60% chardonnay and 40% pinot noir. A bright and approachable wine, it’s got bold apple notes with just a touch of sweetness, leading eventually into a nutty character that features walnut oil and a hint of pistachio. The finish offers a bright lemon element, adding more complexity to the mix. Nicely done, particularly for a first stab at the sparkling style. A- / $35
2018 Sonoma-Cutrer Rose of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – Fresh and fragrant, this pinot-based rose hits all the high points of “pink” wine, very floral on the nose, and full of strawberry notes on the palate. A hint of cherry on the back-end evokes the flavors of pinot, along with a touch of milk chocolate. A delightful pick for pre-spring drinking. A- / $20
2016 Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – Gamy up front, with a restrained fruit profile and a certain doughiness to the proceedings. Some astringency later in the game gives the wine a sense of both austerity and bluntness, its cherry notes dulled into a medicinal character, though hints of tea leaf, jasmine, and Asian spices give the wine at least some unusual nuance. B- / $25