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Russian River Ranches

2016 Chardonnay

Russian River Ranches is a cuvée of distinct vineyard lots, each contributing its own personality to the wine. This wine is made from the Sonoma Coast appellation, which features diverse soil types and growing conditions perfect for producing exceptional Chardonnay. This vintage blend contains fruit from our six estate vineyards and a small group of carefully selected growers.

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Flavor Notes

Russian River Ranches is a beautiful, pale straw color. On the nose, this wine is a virtual cornucopia of aromatic fruit. It opens with scents of Bosc pear and Honeycrisp apple accentuated with notes of nougat, roasted nuts, oak spice and a touch of citrus blossom. True to the Russian River Ranches style, the wine is beautifully focused on the palate with bright acidity and a nicely balanced long, flavorful structure.

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Alcohol

14.2%

TA

6.34gms/L

PH

3.40

RS

1.80 gms/L

Vintage

2016

Appellation

Sonoma Coast

Composition

100% Chardonnay

Fermentation

85% Oak, 15% Tank, 100% Malolactic

Maturation

Free-run juice is settled naturally in tanks for a few days before heading to French oak barrels and stainless steel for fermentation. The wine is then aged sur-lies in French Oak barrels.

The Making Of

Grapes are hand-harvested in the early morning, then cooled to preserve the fruit's fresh flavors and natural acidity. Hand-sorted grapes are whole-cluster pressed to avoid bitter tannins.

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 Russian River Ranches swirl showcases its beautiful straw coloring indicative of a well-crafted Chardonnay and opens with the aroma of pear, citrus notes, and oak spice.

Recipes & Pairings

How to Create the Perfect Pairing

The Russian River Ranches Chardonnay's citrus blossom notes pair well with the following to create a truly immersive wine experience.

  • Risotto

  • Chicken

  • Salmon

  • Prawns

  • Squash Soup

Roast Chicken with Herbed French Fries

The many fresh herbs in this recipe complement this classic roast chicken dish.

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Risotto Verde

This is a gorgeous, fresh tasting green risotto and is easy to make as it is baked in the oven. The Cutrer Chardonnay would be delicious with this spring dish.

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BBQ Shrimp with Peach Chutney

This may seem like a complicated recipe but it’s really not and brings together two favorite accompaniments for the summer barbecue: Peach chutney and coffee barbecue sauce. Make both of these a day or two ahead and store refrigerated. Keep the leftovers on hand to use with grilled chicken or pork. A glass of chilled Sonoma-Cutrer Les Pierres Chardonnay paired with this dish would be the perfect way to celebrate the summer holidays.

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