If you say Chardonnay… I say Sonoma-Cutrer. I’m Tom Simoneau with today’s wine minute here to say since its inaugural vintage in 1981, Sonoma-Cutrer has helped define what California Chardonnay is today. If Cabernet Sauvignon is the king of red grapes, Chardonnay is queen of the whites. Chardonnay is California’s most widely planted wine grape and is the most popular wine in the U.S. I tasted through the Sonoma-Cutrer wines last week with winemaker Mick Schroeter. Approaching his third harvest with Sonoma-Cutrer, Mick explained the differences and similarities of the Sonoma-Cutrer wines which now include five Chardonnays and three Pinot Noirs. Look for Sonoma-Cutrer’s 2008 The Cutrer Chardonnay, creamy with honeysuckle and toast, 4½ wine stains, $35. And the Sonoma-Cutrer 2010 Les Pierres Chardonnay all apples and pears, flinty with mineral and toast, 5 wine stains, $36. When you think Chardonnay, think Sonoma-Cutrer.


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