I was raised near Russian River, and when I was an actor, I spent a summer acting at a theater near there. Our free afternoons were spent on the river, and often with a bottle (or two) of the local Chardonnay. Even then, the name Sonoma-Cutrer meant the very best Chard that the River region had to offer. Today, thirty years later, I can still turn to it like a reliable old friend. It is elegant and crisp, wonderful on its own, and equally delicious with food. It's not an oak bomb or a butterball like so many other California Chardonnays--it is just a flavor bomb.