At 12 years old, the 2006 Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay scored 16+ points on the 20-point Dionysian scale.  The wine is at peak.  It’s 13.9% alcohol, printed as small as possible, meaning it’s most likely in the mid-14’s.

It was creamy, still had over-ripe apple and plenty of oak.


The wine is nice, but we expected more complexity from it. As they let the alcohols get higher each year, the wine seems to not be able to mature with elegance.

It is Estate Bottled  and has become a sipping wine rather than a food wine. A score of 16 and a half is very good, but  it failed to come up to earlier Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnays that many Dionysian members have enjoyed in earlier wines. In Vino Veritas.