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Les Pierres

2016 Chardonnay

Bright citrus aromas of lemon and lemon blossom shine through, highlighted by peach, caramel and oak spice with just a hint of cedar and Les Pierres’ classic minerality. Sunny citrus flavors of grapefruit and lime nicely integrate with the oak and are complemented with roasted nuts, spice, and mineral notes.

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Flavor Notes

Bright citrus flavors, melon and lime are well integrated with the oak and complemented with flavors of roasted nuts, barrel spice, and mineral notes. The wine has a beautifully balanced mouthfeel with an elegant mid-palate creaminess. The lingering, juicy finish delivers Sonoma-Cutrer’s signature citrus-laced acidity.

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Alcohol

14.2%

TA

5.72 gms/L

PH

3.20

RS

0.61 gms/L

Vintage

2016

Appellation

Les Pierres Vineyard

Composition

100% Chardonnay

Fermentation

100% Malolactic

Maturation

The vintage is barrel-fermented on the lees in 1-year-old oak for 5 months, and the individual block components are then blended to create the cuvée and placed in 3 year-old oak for additional aging.

The Making Of

Grapes are hand-harvested in shallow bins to ensure they arrive at the winery in perfect condition. They are then cooled down to preserve the fruit’s fresh flavors and natural acidity.

Virtual Swirl

Tasting wine begins well before the liquid ever touches your lips - it starts with a look, a swirl, and an intake of breath. The swirl serves to open your vintage and introduces oxygen which creates a bouquet of aromas and allows you to gauge viscosity and alcohol content. Our Les Pierres’ swirl showcases its beautiful straw coloring indicative of a well-crafted Chardonnay and highlights aromas of citrus, mineral notes, and spice that integrate nicely with grapefruit and lime.

Awards & Recognition

92
Gold, 92

2018 Harvest Challenge

Recipes & Pairings

How to Create the Perfect Pairing

Over the years, we have found our bright and lively Les Pierres Chardonnay pairs perfectly with salmon, mild curries, and vegetable terrine.

  • Salmon

  • Lamb

  • Curry (mild)

  • Prawns

  • Vegetable Terrine

Rosemary Shrimp With Mint Pesto

Shrimp tossed in an easy Pesto flavored with mint and rosemary. Pair this dish with The Cutrer Chardonnay for a light meal.

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Fettuccine with Smoked Salmon, Pancetta, and Asparagus

This pasta is easy to prepare, featuring smoked salmon and additional flavors from shallots, pancetta, dill, and capers. Serve with a glass of Russian River Ranches Chardonnay.

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Grilled Spiced Spring Lamb Chops With Butter Braised Spinach

In America, we are finally beginning to use and appreciate the world of spices. This simple recipe puts together both savory and sweet spices to flavor the lamb. Pair with Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.

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