Picture it; a cold November night in Toronto and I am serving friends, what I coined to be, a fine Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley. If you are like my guests, you may initially ask why not a full bodied and comforting red to match the coldness of the air, but left in my hands, guests soon saw that Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay, 2010, was a fantastic pairing for the cream like brie, smoked salmon and trout being served to start our meal.
On colour, this Chardonnay holds a crisp golden hue. On the nose, you pick up pear scents coupled with some green apple and some oak. On the palate, I was blown away with the wines tempered acidity, apple, lime, and slight smokiness, all coupled with a creamy, medium finish. Once paired with our soft brie cheese, the more fanatically smooth the wine became.
Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay, 2010, is both a crisp and buttery delightful white wine, and it is that buttery cream feel that makes this a comfort for even our colder Toronto nights.
This wine retails at the LCBO for $24.99.
We gave this wine a score of 4 out of 5.