Russian River Ranches is a cuvee of wines crafted from several estate vineyards, each distinct in its own right and together, adding complexity to the blend. Vine Hill features nutrients so the vines struggle and concentrate flavor in small berries with limited yields. Shiloh and Kent vineyards add their own unique attributes, bringing backbone and a depth of elegance to the wine. The storied Cutrer vineyard provides ageability and notable tropical fruit character. A mixture of clones and rootstocks matched by experience to the soils in each vineyard assure a cornucopia of flavors that result in a legendary wine that is consistent vintage to vintage, and always among the finest offered in any given year.
Sonoma-Cutrer has been producing the finest quality wines since it opened as a vineyard company in 1973. Its foundation is built in the hillsides and rocky foothills in the region recognized as the Sonoma Coast Appellation - this region experiences long, even growing seasons thanks to the cool, foggy coastal climate. In the 70’s, the company planted several different grape varieties and virtually overnight Sonoma-Cutrer’s Chardonnay grapes had gained a reputation for exceptional quality and were in high demand by many premium wineries.
Discussions about creating a cutting-edge winery began, and Sonoma-Cutrer gathered a crew of wine experts including Terrence Clancy, Brad Web, Bill Bonetti, Robert Haas, David Reid and Chuck Bennett. Under the guidance of these experts, Sonoma-Cutrer made Chardonnay its main focus, and it was to be made exclusively from Sonoma-Cutrer’s own vineyards. In 1981, ground was broken for the new winery.
Today, Sonoma-Cutrer’s flagship wine, Russian River Ranches, is the most requested Chardonnay in America’s finest restaurants according to the annual Wine & Spirits Restaurant Poll, April 2013 (22 of the last 24 years). For wine consumers, the name Sonoma-Cutrer is synonymous with superb Chardonnay.