(From 2012 Vintage) Aromas of Fuji apple, fresh roses, lime, lemon blossom and nectarine are complemented with touches of nougat, baking spices and Sonoma-Cutrer’s signature wet stone minerality. True to the Russian River Ranches style, the wine is elegant and balanced with a nice, bright acidity and a long focused structure. Crisp and zesty flavors of lemon drop, lime and grapefruit are accented with a nice barrel spice. A light, creamy mid-palate flows into a crisp, citrus acidity rounding out to a long and persistent finish.
Grapes are hand-picked for optimal ﬂ avor and upon arrival at the winery; they are chilled, hand-sorted and gently pressed in whole clusters before undergoing primary fermentation in small French Oak barrels. Staves principally from France’s Vosges and Allier forests, are carefully hand-selected and air seasoned for several years before being crafted by noted barrel artisans such as Tonnellerie Rousseau and Remond. To add greater complexity to the ﬁ nal blend, selected lots undergo malolactic fermentation. All lots rest sur lies in barrels for six months prior to being assembled read more...into a uniform blend. As in most vintages, 2003 Russian River Ranches was allowed to evolve further with an additional six months of bottle aging prior to release.The 2003 Russian River Ranches is crisp and lean, with good weight in the mid palate. Melons come to mind, overlaid by a lemon citrus ﬂ avor, drifting onward to an even more buoyant lemon zest ﬁ nish of exceptional length and complexity. I’m fond of this wine with Pan Asian dishes, and traditional pairings such as shellﬁ sh or lobster risotto. An interesting cheese trio from the cart might include a Chèvre, Gruyère and Provolone. (hide)