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Founders Reserve

2022 Chardonnay
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Founders Reserve

2022 Chardonnay

Founder Reserve 2022 is a unique wine with a special story. For this vintage, we chose 100% of the fruit from our Cutrer Vineyard, A, Bonetti block and harvested it on September 17, 2022.

Bill Bonetti was the first Director of Winemaking at Sonoma-Cutrer. When he was hired inq98q, legend has it that he was specifically sought out by the winery principles because of his extensive wine knowledge and his stylistic approach in creating lean, food-friendly wines. Bill is credited with creating Sonoma-Cutrer’s classic Chardonnay style, our wine philosophy and vision during his ten-year tenure on the brand.

The Cutrer A Bonetti block is planted in a traditional Burgundian style of meter by meter tight spacing. IN 2022, we renamed this block from A Burgundy to A Bonetti in aclaimed and awarded style of Chardonnay.

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Founders Reserve

Grapes were hand-harvested at night and then cooled down to preserve the fruit’s fresh flavors and natural acidity. After hand-sorting, grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed to avoid bitter tannins from the skins and grape seeds. The Cool, golden-green, free-run juice was then settled naturally in tanks for a few days before heading to French oak barrels for fermentation and aging. For sixteen months the wine was matured sur-lies in the cave-like conditions of our Grand Cru cellar.

The Founders showcases the best characteristics of The Cutrer vineyard with a more focused structure than most Cutrer wines. On the nose, nougat, clove, caramel, sandalwood, and nutmeg oak characters integrate nicely with Honeycrisp apple and Asian pear fruit with hints of white blossom and cream. A striking palate structure combines deep richness with tight focus and length leading to a round mid-palate. The oak and the fruit flavors mix well together with Bosc pear & peach fruit, toasted nuts, clove and nutmeg oak components. The wine finishes with a light coating of oak spice. While this vintage is ready to drink now, Founders Reserve is always a wine that enjoys time in the bottle. We recommend cellaring for one to two years before enjoying it. In a temperature-controlled environment, this Chardonnay can be aged for 10+ years.

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6.1 gms/L




0.7 gms/L


100% Chardonnay


100% Malolactic

Pairs well with

Lamb, Lobster, Prawns, Salmon, Vegetable Pastas

2022 Founders Reserve Chardonnay

  • Triple Gold / Best of Class 2022 Dan Berger International Wine Competition
  • Gold Medal 2021 East Meets West Wine Competition
  • Gold, 91 Points 2021 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge
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