Sonoma-Cutrer’s summer-friendly collection has arrived, including a fun chardonnay and a lovely rose. Let’s taste them.
2019 Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay Sonoma Coast – A classic and classy chardonnay, the gentle lemon and quince notes here are well tempered by vanilla, coconut cream, and brown butter notes — with a healthy sprinkle of baking spice informing the finish. Engaging but never overwhelming, the wine sees a smoldering balance between its tempered citrus and creamy dairy notes, though the conclusion errs on the side of fruit — and wisely so. A- / $20
2020 Sonoma-Cutrer Rose of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – Quite bright and citrusy, this could pass for a white wine if you didn’t see the (rather pale pink) color in the glass. That said, it’s a bit one-note, a gentle floral element the only real hint of nuance against a backdrop of tangerine and spritzy lemon. Hard not to enjoy, though. B+ / $20