Skip to main content

Contact Us

(707) 237-3497
Sonoma Cutrer Map
Get Directions
  • (707) 237-3497
  • 4401 Slusser Road
    Windsor, CA 95492
  • Open Daily 10am - 4pm
    Book a Tour or Tasting

Send Us a Message

wine

Founders Reserve

2017 Chardonnay

Founders Reserve is always the most intriguing wine of the vintage and normally crafted from select fruit of single vineyard blocks. Wine lovers will appreciate the beautiful depth and complexity that they have come to expect from each vintage of this exceptional wine. This is a wine to cellar, as it will continue to age very well in the bottle for the next several years.

Qty

Join Club Cutrer to Order

Flavor Notes

Winemaker, Mick Schroeter, made this wine in this particular way to capture the true essence of the vineyard sites. The texture is rich and elegant with a full creamy mid- palate. Flavors of layered bright pear, peach and honey round out to a lingering Honeycrisp apple finish with underlying hints of baking spice and roasted nuts. Fans will appreciate the beautiful depth and complexity that they have come to expect from each vintage of this exceptional wine.

Download Winemaker Notes

Profile

Alcohol

14.3%

TA

7.3 gms/L

PH

3.1

RS

0.5 gms/L

Vintage

2017

Appellation

Russian River Valley

Composition

100% Chardonnay

Fermentation

100% Malolactic

Maturation

The cool, clear golden-green, free-run juice was settled naturally in tanks for a few days before fermenting in French oak barrels for 16 months. It was then aged sur-lies in French one-year old oak.

The Making Of

We concentrated on our vineyards that are planted to the traditional, high density spacing found in the famous Chardonnay vineyards of Burgundy, France.

Recipes & Pairings

How to Create the Perfect Pairing

Chardonnay has often been considered hard to pair with food, however, we've found they marry perfectly with risottos, spring vegetables, and cooked shellfish. Pair our Founders Reserve with prawns, light pasta, or chicken to create a memorable experience.

  • Chicken in a cream sauce

  • Lobster

  • Vegetable Pastas

  • Salmon

  • Lamb

  • Prawns

Grilled Lobster

One of my favorite ways – especially during the spring and summer months – to cook lobster is to do so on the grill. The shells char as the meat cooks, giving the lobster a delicious flavor. This dish is lovely paired with Rosé of Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.

Learn More

Shrimp & Zucchini Noodles

Here fresh zucchini noodles replace conventional pasta, making this dish gluten free. You can find vegetable pasta cutters at good cookware stores or online, which will make cutting the zucchini noodles much simpler. The sweet shrimp along with the buttery zucchini is a perfect match for the Sonoma-Cutrer Les Pierres Chardonnay.

Learn More

Garlic and Hot Pepper Shrimp

A simple seafood tapas dish that pairs beautifully with Rosé of Pinot Noir. Serve as a fresh appetizer for guests or enjoy as an elegant dinner for two.

Learn More

Sign In To Your Account


Forgot your username or password?

Join Club Cutrer

Benefits

Gain access to rare vintages, the Winemaker's Release Collection, VIP events and more! Members receive up to 30% off all wine purchases.

Become a Member

Sign In To Your Account


Forgot your username or password?

Exclusive for Splendid Table™ Listeners

Shipping Included

Use code SPLENDID and shipping will be included on orders of $50 or more.*

*Applies to all qualifying orders. Offer expires September 9, 2019. See state shipping laws for eligibility. Ground shipping only.

Share your birthdate

Where are you?

Do not choose this option if you use a shared computer.

or