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La Crema Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2015

External Review by WineExpress.com:

Since 1979, La Crema, one of the Jackson Family Estates, has crafted the traditional wine varietals of Burgundy in the cool vineyards of the Sonoma Coast. Like Burgundy in France, the vineyards of the Sonoma Coast offer an unusually long, cool and steady growing season. Lingering fog and wind from the nearby Pacific Ocean moderate temperatures throughout the season and slow the ripening process. With an extended "hang" time on the vines, the results at harvest are small berries with firm acidity and highly concentrated varietal aromas and flavors. For this 2015 fruit was sourced from a variety of prime estate vineyards including Saralee's, Laughlin, Fulton, Shiloh, Carneros Hills West and Durell. An array of different clones were selected to achieve rich layers and complexity. The fruit was carefully sorted before pressing; hand-picked lots were immediately whole cluster pressed. After all the fruit was pressed and settled overnight, the juice was racked then barrel fermented in French oak while. Full malolactic fermentation is done for a round rich character. The lees were stirred 1-2 times per month and the wine aged for 9 months.

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La Crema was founded in 1979 and quickly established itself as a pioneer for intensely flavored Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from cool climate. Continuing this tradition, La Crema pursues the ultimate expression of the Russian River Valley, Carneros and Anderson Valley by handcrafting wines of distinctive flavor which achieve elegance and balance. The La Crema Winery itself is not open to the p... Read more
La Crema was founded in 1979 and quickly established itself as a pioneer for intensely flavored Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from cool climate. Continuing this tradition, La Crema pursues the ultimate expression of the Russian River Valley, Carneros and Anderson Valley by handcrafting wines of distinctive flavor which achieve elegance and balance. The La Crema Winery itself is not open to the public, however we encourage you to visit our beautiful new Tasting Room located in Healdsburg, California - the heart of Sonoma County Wine Country. Read less

External Reviews for La Crema Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
09/25/2017

Since 1979, La Crema, one of the Jackson Family Estates, has crafted the traditional wine varietals of Burgundy in the cool vineyards of the Sonoma Coast. Like Burgundy in France, the vineyards of the Sonoma Coast offer an unusually long, cool and steady growing season. Lingering fog and wind from the nearby Pacific Ocean moderate temperatures throughout the season and slow the ripening process. With an extended "hang" time on the vines, the results at harvest are small berries with firm acidity and highly concentrated varietal aromas and flavors. For this 2015 fruit was sourced from a variety of prime estate vineyards including Saralee's, Laughlin, Fulton, Shiloh, Carneros Hills West and Durell. An array of different clones were selected to achieve rich layers and complexity. The fruit was carefully sorted before pressing; hand-picked lots were immediately whole cluster pressed. After all the fruit was pressed and settled overnight, the juice was racked then barrel fermented in French oak while. Full malolactic fermentation is done for a round rich character. The lees were stirred 1-2 times per month and the wine aged for 9 months.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
10/12/2017

A REMARKABLE PLACE: A craggy coastline. Grassy pastures. Redwood forests. Veils of morning fog giving way to fresh, sunny afternoons. This is the Sonoma Coast—stunningly beautiful, audaciously romantic and, perhaps not coincidentally, ideal for winemaking. EXCEPTIONAL GRAPES: A cool climate means grapes spend more time on the vine. That allows a deeper, more dramatic spectrum of avors and aromas to develop. And that creates decidedly rich and layered wines. Warm winter temperatures led to early bud break in February and March of 2015, but cooler than average temperatures in May delayed bloom, resulting in yields being lower than the previous three years. Veraison came early and a warm, dry summer drove ripening for one of the earliest harvests on record in the Sonoma Coast AVA. For La Crema the Chardonnay harvest began on August 20, 2015. ARTISAN WINEMAKING: Our boutique, hands-on techniques continued into the winery. The fruit is a mix of hand and machine picked that was gently pressed, settled for twenty-four hours then racked to barrel for fermentation. Fifteen percent of the lot was co-inoculated with the house strain of malolactic bacteria then used to top the remainder of the lot during post-primary fermentation. The lees were stirred 1-2 times per month and the wine aged for 9 months. The fruit was sourced from multiple vineyards spread across the Sonoma coast AVA. The estate vineyards include Saralee's, Laughlin, Fulton, Shiloh, Carneros Hills West and Durell. The clones include 4, 17, 76, 95, 96 and 809 and the soil is predominantly free-draining sandy loam. The result? Bright, citrus notes from the extreme coast. Round, soft avors from the inland areas. And fruit and minerality from the south. TASTING NOTES: FLORAL, lemon, GREEN APPLE, subtle oak and SPICE aromas. Lemon drop, white stone fruit, yellow plum and HONEYDEW MELON flavors. Richly TEXTURED and concentrated, with balanced acidity that drives a lingering finish. -CRAIG MCALLISTER, WINEMAKER Type of Oak: Primarily French with some American for sweet spice and complexity; 19% new Time in Barrel: 9 months Alcohol: 13.5% T.A.: 0.57g / 100mL pH: 3.65



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