La Crema Reserve Chardonnay 2008
Wine Advocate Review Rated 91 An exceptional effort, the 2008 Chardonnay Russian River was put through 100% malolactic fermentation. It exhibits a more honeyed style with notes of brioche, poached pears, and buttery citrus in its elegant, full-bodied personality. This impressively endowed Chardonnay should drink nicely for 3-4 years. Wine Tasting Notes A particularly pure expression of the Russian River Valley terroir, this vintage offers aromas of yellow apple and pear, with hints of butterscotch and spice. Flavors of pear and citrus continue in the mouth, enveloped by a juicy mid-palate, with an appealing kiss of toast leading to an elegant, rich finish.
External Reviews for La Crema Reserve Chardonnay
"Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. If not overly acidic
Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. If not overly acidic, this underplayed effort is built along comparatively lean lines, and it hints here and there at citrus and green apples with a random sprinkling of oak spice. It is balanced to firmness but seems even firmer by dint of its limited fruit, and, while it may soften with age, it is unlikely to fill all of the spaces that need filling.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.
Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Despite its very obvious impressions of ripeness, this fat and full-bodied working is a bit low in energy and surprisingly stingy in real fruit. It smacks mildly of toast, lees and minerals and only distantly hints at apples, and, try as it might, it never quite gets on the varietal track.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.
"Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Despite its very obvious impressions of ripeness
In my opinion, Sonoma County Chardonnays have a pleasing balance between oak and fruit. This La Crema reflects the oak aging it receives, showing smooth vanilla and creamy flavors and textures. It has a wonderful mouthfeel and can be enjoyed by itself or with a variety of entrées.
It takes some time for the completely dry pineapple flavors of this wine to develop, but as it takes on air, they go beyond the pleasantly musty scent of old books to develop fresher green tones and layers of flavor. There's an intensity to the gripping, mouthwatering acidities, needing something as flavorful as pasta with wild mushrooms (perhaps tagliatelle with black trumpets and truffle oil) to match.
Seven months barrel aging gives this coastal Chardonnay a well-integrated layer of buttery oak over the rich tropical fruit. Lime and pear dominate, with mouthwatering acidity and a generous, smooth mouth-feel. Always a winner!
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