Today I am bringing you on my journey to the Sonoma-Cutrer Winery for a little wine tasting, beautiful scenery and wonderful people. I started my day with a drive up into Sonoma County, off highway 101, just past Santa Rosa. It was a beautiful sunny day and a perfect day to check out the local orchards, have a nice lunch and sip some wine.
I was pretty lucky when I arrived at the winery because they were having a private party, but they still let me in to take a look around and to try some of their wines. When I arrived I was greeted by Alison who has a passion for wine. She was so kind, funny, knowledgeable and a great hostess. After all I like wine, but I really do not know too much about it.
Alison asked if I wanted to sit outside and taste some of the wines. I said yes of course, who am I to turn down a private wine tasting? She sat me at a little table, brought out some pretty flours, bread sticks, wine glasses and a collection of Sonom-Cutrer Chardonnay.
When I was sitting there I had a beautiful view of green grasses, trees and people playing croquet. Plus to the right of me was the winery, which was being re-modeled and will be open soon, if not already. Here is my view for you to see.
The first wine I tasted was the 2013 Chardonnay – Russian River Ranches. This wine has fresh aromas of green apple, lime, pineapple and complemented with touches of nougat, caramel and Sonoma-Cutrer’s signature minerality. When I took my first sip, I found the wine to be fresh, crisp with tastes of citrus. It has a very light oak taste to it. It was my second favorite wine and I bought a bottle of it too. It’s also very food friendly. I would serve it with chicken or fish.
I also tried the 2012 Chardonnay – Les Pierrers. This wine has aromas of lemon and lime. I found the wine to be crisp, fresh tasting, a little spicy, a light oak flavor and slight flavors of caramel. Yes I said caramel. The wine has a light taste of creme brulee, and toast. It is simply unique and a wonderful compliment to a cheese platter, chicken, or shrimp.
Don’t I look so happy? I could do this everyday if I could.
My next wine I tried was Sauvignon Blanc . When she poured it into my glass I could smell the tropics. The Sauvignon Blanc is a uniquely special release. This small production offering represents the first-time Sonoma-Cutrer has created a wine outside of the two varietals for which we are known – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir! This was my favorite wine! You could taste pineapple, peaches, guava and passion fruit with a lemon after taste. This wine would be so perfect for sipping on the beach. This wine has fruit from 3 local vineyards and won the Gold Medal at the Riverside Competition. I could see why it won. I know this is a limited edition, but I do hope they keep making it because this one is a keeper. You can guess I bought a bottle of this wine too.
The last wine I tried was a desert wine; Last Harvest Chardonnay. Oh my gosh! it is so sweet and amazing. The Last Harvest Chardonnay is a sweet dessert wine with fresh flavors of peaches, apricots and honey. It’s perfect for an after dinner drink. When I took my first sip I automatically thought, this wine would be great cooked in peaches. So yes I bought a bottle because I need to make a recipe with it. It would go wonderful paired with hard cheese, berries or making Bellini’s.
I managed to only buy 3 bottles of wine, because I was indecisive on what I wanted to buy. But you know what? They have a wine club. You are shipped 3 times a year from 4 up to 12 bottles of your favorite wine. So now you can try the wines that I tried. You can get more information at Sonoma-Cutrer.
If you happen to stop by Sonoma-Cutrer Winery, I recommend bringing a picnic basket filled with cheese crackers, sandwiches. Pick up a bottle of your favorite Sonoma-Cutrer and enjoy lunch at one of the picnic tables in front of lake on the property.
I also wanted to share with you my list of the wines I tried. I’m showing you the clean version, because I wrote all over my copy. I had to take notes, so I would remember what wines I loved the best.
You can make reservations online for a wine tasting and wine tour. I would have loved to take the wine tour, but it was not going on the day I visited. I guess I have another excuse to go back!
The Sonoma-Cutrer tasting room is open Thursday – Monday, 10:00am – 4:00pm. Located at 4401 Slusser Road, Windsor, CA 95492.Call 877-797-3489 or visit Winery Tour to reserve tour/tasting and for more info.
I hope you have enjoyed my visit to Sonoma-Cutrer as much as I have. So next time you’re in wine country, be sure to head up to Sonoma County and visit Soonoma-Cutrer.
Have a wonderful day!
P.S. Here is me and my wine purchases! 🙂