La Crema Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is a true regional blend sourced from vineyards throughout the Russian River Valley. To achieve layers of complexity from entry to finish from this excellent vintage, we sourced from a variety of sites, centering on a clonal selection of Clone 76, 4 and 96. Fruit was handpicked in the early morning hours. To capture vivid fruit flavors, a gentle whole cluster press removed juice from skins and seeds. The juice was allowed to settle overnight before racking into primarily[we usually say 100% here – no % on tech sheet] French oak barrels (29% 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 an additional 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

Tasting Notes:

"This exceptional vintage gave us classic Russian River Chardonnay character, with fresh aromas of yellow apple and stone fruits highlighted by baking spice and vanilla tones. On the palate, flavors of ripe pear and honeydew melon are accented by toffee and hazelnut notes. The rich mouthfeel is beautifully balanced by juicy acidity and great concentration, giving a lush impression on a lingering finish."

This wine is a true regional blend sourced from vineyards throughout the Russian River Valley. To achieve layers of complexity from entry to finish from this excellent vintage, we sourced from a variety of sites, centering on a clonal selection of Clone 76, 4 and 96. Fruit was handpicked in the early morning hours. To capture vivid fruit flavors, a gentle whole cluster press removed juice from skins and seeds. The juice was allowed to settle overnight before racking into primarily[we usually say 100% here – no % on tech sheet] French oak barrels (29% 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 an additional 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:

Alcohol: 13.9% pH: 3.5
Total Acidity: 5.2 grams per liter

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