Sonoma-Cutrer Rosé of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2017

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Russian River Valley

Varietal   Pinot Noir

Retail Price   $24.99

ABV   12.2%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, medium salmon color.

Aromatics

The nose is moderately intense offering scents of pomegranate, and strawberry with supporting notes of sour cherry, rhubarb, and jasmine.

Flavor

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.

Intensity & Texture

Medium-bodied and nicely balanced with a vibrant texture.

Cool Factor

A

We love Rosé so when one of Sonoma's most revered and trusted wineries introduces a Rosé it is absolutely cool.

Value Grade

C+

Selling at $25 a bottle it is certainly in line with many California Rosé wines all with sticker prices north of $20.

Analysis

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.

How to Enjoy

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

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