Two new releases from our friends at Sonoma-Cutrer, both Russian River bottlings from the 2019 vintage.
2019 Sonoma-Cutrer The Cutrer Chardonnay Russian River Valley – An aggressive, classically styled California chardonnay, loaded up with barrel-heavy vanilla, coconut, and baked apple notes. A note of sultry guava emerges as the finish approaches, toasted coconut notes lingering on the back end. There’s lots of barrel influence here, but paired with the right meal it all comes together well enough in the end. B+ / $30
2019 Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – Bold and beefy, this pinot pulls no punches, quickly pushing notes of cherry, figs, and violets off to the side. Chewy and austere, the wine feels a bit underdeveloped, licorice notes emerging toward the finish — but that weighty meaty quality is never far from reach. The effusive brightness of a great pinot is lacking here, but those who enjoy a rich and immersive body foremost may gravitate more in this direction. B / $30