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La Crema Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2011
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.
Editorial Reviews for La Crema Russian River Valley Chardonnay
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
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
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for La Crema Russian River Valley Chardonnay
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.
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...
Food Pairings for La Crema Russian River Valley Chardonnay
"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."
Notes: Partial New Oak
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