Les Pierres is a beautiful, pale straw color with a slightly green hue. This particular vintage is richly aromatic with bright citrus of lemon curd and Meyer lemon highlighted by peach, baking spice with just a hint of cedar and Les Pierres’ classic chalk and slate minerality. Sunny citrus flavors, melon and lime are well integrated with the oak and complemented with flavors of roasted nuts, spice, and mineral notes. The wine has a beautifully balanced mouthfeel with Sonoma-Cutrer’s signature citrus-laced acidity and a long, juicy barrel spice finish that lingers on the palate.
Each vintage of Les Pierres exemplifies our Grand Cru approach to winemaking. 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. After handsorting, the grapes are whole-cluster pressed to avoid bitter tannins. The cool, golden-green, free-run juice settles naturally in tanks for 24 hours and is racked and yeasted before heading to French oak barrels for fermentation. One hundred percent of the vintage is barrel-fermented on the lees in one-year-old oak for five months and the individual block components are then blended to create the cuvée and placed in three-year-old oak for additional aging. This vintage was bottled in December 2016 and bottle-aged for twelve months before releasing.Download Winemaker Notes
Lying at the southern end of the Sonoma Coast appellation is our Les Pierres vineyard. What was once the site of a rock quarry, this soil is 50-70% rock content, which infuses this wine with a mineral essence. This high rock content puts considerable stress on the vines. The nutritional deficiencies and poor water retention of the soil drastically reduces the size of both clusters and individual berries.
Only select lots of grapes from the Les Pierres Vineyard are used to make our acclaimed Les Pierres Chardonnay, while the balance is used in our Russian River Ranches and Sonoma Coast Chardonnay blends. There are also a few blocks of Pinot Noir that contribute to our limited production of Pinot Noir.
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