Les Pierres Vineyard consistently produces wines that rank among the world's finest-what some would call noble wines. Such world-class stars just don't happen, of course; site, viticulture, winemaking and even Mother Nature all play a role in ensuring that a wine is of exceptional quality.
The most significant factor in a noble wine, however, is the vineyard's terroir. Located on the eastern slope of Sonoma Mountain, Les Pierres' terroir is predominantly defined by its soils, which are replete with rock and cobblestones. The stones are volcanic, eroded over the years from the Sonoma Mountain volcano, and deposited over the past two million years at Les Pierres. Consequently, wines made from Les Pierres grapes possess flinty, mineral aromas and distinctive flavors that are present vintage after vintage.
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.