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La Crema Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

Fruit was handpicked in the early morning hours. To capture vivid fruit flavors, a gentle whole cluster pressing removed juice from skins and seeds. The juice was allowed to settle overnight before racking into 100% French oak barrels (32% new), where primary and malolactic fermentation (100%) took place to fully marry the vibrant Russian River Valley fruit character with smooth oak components. The wine rested 8 ½ months in barrel, with the lees stirred once every three weeks to accentuate a rich creaminess to the mouth. The wine was racked just once before bottling.

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La Crema Winery:
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

Editorial Reviews for La Crema Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,598
4.00 5
07/18/2013

Tight on the nose with a decidedly leesy, floral aroma but then this is rather relaxed in the mouth, broad yet focused and transparent with lots of lovely precise crisp apple, pear and apricot fruits. Turning rather crisp and mineral on the backend, this ends with a super clean finish that highlights layers of apple and citrus flavors followed by a hint of wood spice on the finale. 90pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,598
4.00 5
11/15/2013

Fresh and a bit tart on the nose with green apple, baked apple and spicy wood aromas. This enters the mouth with racy acids that keep a palate full of sweet toasty oak spice, baked apple, ripe kiwi and lime curd flavors quite lively. Offering a nice combination of bright open knit textures and moderately rich flavors, this stumbles a bit on the modest finish which shows floral leesy character and a nice pop of minerality on the final. 89pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,598
4.50 5
07/18/2013

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for La Crema Russian River Valley Chardonnay

External Review
Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

Nectarine, apple, pineapple, and citrus meld into a wonderful combination of fruit, which is balanced by hazelnut, ginger and subtle butterscotch. Intense pear, nectarine, and passion fruit lead creamy layers into the finish.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
02/25/2013

This wine is a true regional blend sourced from vineyards throughout the Russian River Valley. Given the overall cool conditions of this vintage, 2011 was the year for the relatively warmer vineyards near Chalk Hill to shine. They provided the rich, lush elements of baked pear and yellow apple which were balanced by the bright citrus and juicy acidity of the Santa Rosa bench vineyards. A variety of clones including Rued, 4 and Dijon added further complexity to the blend.Fruit was handpicked in the early morning hours. To capture vivid fruit flavors, a gentle whole cluster pressing removed juice from skins and seeds. The juice was allowed to settle overnight before racking into 100% French oak barrels (32% new), where primary and malolactic fermentation (100%) took place to fully marry the vibrant Russian River Valley fruit character with smooth oak components. The wine rested 8 ½ months in barrel, with the lees stirred once every three weeks to accentuate a rich creaminess to...



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Tasting Notes:

"The 2011 Russian River Valley Chardonnay offers aromas of Bosc pear and ripe nectarine, with subtle hints of nutmeg and tropical floral. On the palate rich impressions of shortbread and creme brulee balance zesty notes of Meyer lemon and juicy yellow apple."

Fruit was handpicked in the early morning hours. To capture vivid fruit flavors, a gentle whole cluster pressing removed juice from skins and seeds. The juice was allowed to settle overnight before racking into 100% French oak barrels (32% new), where primary and malolactic fermentation (100%) took place to fully marry the vibrant Russian River Valley fruit character with smooth oak components. The wine rested 8 ½ months in barrel, with the lees stirred once every three weeks to accentuate a rich creaminess to the mouth. The wine was racked just once before bottling.

Notes: Partial New Oak

Wine Specs:

pH: 3.48

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