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Sonoma-Cutrer Rosé of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2017

Product Story

We were excited to see a Rosé being offered from Sonoma-Cutrer, a winery that we have loved for many years. This is the winery's second release of their Pinot Noir Rosé and our first exposure to this limited wine. While Sonoma-Cutrer is best known for their world-class Chardonnay they quietly produce a very tasty Pinot Noir. It is a bright and refreshing style featuring low alcohol and vibrant acidity made very much in the style of Rosé wines made in the South of France. The Sonoma-Cutrer Rosé is available in 12 US markets and online (where legal). 90 points.

Brand Story

Sonoma-Cutrer was founded in 1981 in the cool, western corner of California's Russian River Valley. They began as Chardonnay specialists giving great attention to this one varietal with the goal of producing some of the best Chardonnay in the world. This lofty goal was achieved in my eyes when in a blind tasting of White Burgundies from the 85 vintage held in 1990. There was one ringer in the group of 12, the Sonoma-Cutrer Les Pierres 1985 and it won our informal judgment much to the shock of the dedicated Francophiles in the room. In the 90s Sonoma-Cutrer gave up its exclusivity with Chardonnay adding a limited Pinot Noir to the portfolio that grew in the coming years to be joined by Sauvignon Blanc and last year they further added a Rosé of Pinot Noir.

Tasting Note

Brilliant, medium salmon color. The nose is moderately intense offering scents of pomegranate, and strawberry with supporting notes of sour cherry, rhubarb, and jasmine. The palate confirms the nose delivering a red fruit-driven core with flavors of hibiscus flower and crushed red berries. The finish is dry with a subtle minerality. Medium-bodied and nicely balanced with a vibrant texture.

How to Serve

Like most Rosé wines this wine needs nothing but a glass. Serve chilled and serve at happy hour perhaps with light appetizers.

Price: $ 24.99

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