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La Crema 'Sonoma' Chardonnay 2011

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Perhaps our most popular release overall, the Sonoma Coast Chardonnay opens with an intriguing interplay of lively citrus and subtle toasted oak, laced with just a kiss of butterscotch. The palate is round and nutty, with flavors of yellow apple and orange adding lushness, while well-balanced acidity creates a lovely vibrancy.

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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 'Sonoma' Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,081
3.50 5
12/18/2012

Tight on the nose with notes of graham crackers and fresh cream over green apple peels and growing spicy wood tones. Tight and slightly minerally on entry, this shows good tension in the mouth with a nice hint of caramel early on the palate, followed by sweet pear and apple fruit all fading into a smooth, gentle, spicy finish. Easy to drink and restrained but not particularly complex or deep. 87pts


Member Reviews for La Crema 'Sonoma' Chardonnay

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Snooth User: Heather B
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3.50 5
04/29/2013

Strong green apple flavor with less creamy/buttery finish than I remember from other vintages. Enjoyed with mahi mahi and zucchini. Maybe better with a chicken dish.


Snooth User: merveilleuse
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3.50 5
03/28/2011

In my opinion, the Monterrey blows the Sonoma out of the water. Complex and ripe with tropical fruit and a luscious mouthfeel.


Snooth User: cintu
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4.00 5
05/14/2011

Carol Siddons introduced me to this wine.


Snooth User: kona2005
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4.00 5
06/10/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for La Crema 'Sonoma' Chardonnay

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
02/05/2013

Opens with an intriguing interplay of lively citrus and subtle toasted oak, laced with just a kiss of butterscotch. The palate is round and nutty, with flavors of yellow apple and orange adding lushness, while well-balanced acidity creates a lovely vibrancy.


External Review
11/14/2013

Green-tinged gold. Lively citrus zest and quince aromas are complemented by suggestions of white flowers and chalky minerals. Racy precise and nicely concentrated offering zesty lemon and orange flavors and bright mineral lift. Finishes on a subtle note of iodine with very good clarity and cut. This wine delivers fantastic value. Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
10/28/2013

Green-tinged gold. Lively citrus zest and quince aromas are complemented by suggestions of white flowers and chalky minerals. Racy, precise and nicely concentrated, offering zesty lemon and orange flavors and bright mineral lift. Finishes on a subtle note of iodine, with very good clarity and cut. This wine delivers fantastic value.


External Review
07/23/2013

Complex, if on a modest scale, with pleasing notes of spice, creamy oak and green tree fruits. Drink now.


External Review
07/23/2013

The nose is expressive, showing full aromas of ripe pear, apple and a touch of spice. On the palate, you get a creamy, smooth texture that carries forward, ripe pear fruit with a good dose of vanilla spice, oak and a hint of honey. Pair with chicken, fish and veggie dishes.


External Review
08/08/2013

The nose is expressive, showing full aromas of ripe pear, apple and a touch of spice. On the palate, you get a creamy, smooth texture that carries forward, ripe pear fruit with a good dose of vanilla spice, oak and a hint of honey. Pair with chicken, fish and veggie dishes. Food pairing: poultry, pasta, seafood Flavor type: traditional Body type: medium-full Finish: rich


External Review
12/15/2012

The palate adds flavors of juicy yellow plum, lemon curd and vanilla custard. Rich tropical tones and a lingering spice add richness and texture to the long, fresh finish.


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Tasting Notes:

The fruit was harvested in the early morning hours to ensure the clusters arrived cold to the winery. Grapes were pressed to tank, and allowed to settle 24 hours before being barreled down for 100% barrel fermentation in 86% French oak (20% new). 100% of the blend underwent secondary malolactic fermentation in barrel. The wine was stirred every three weeks as it aged 6 months on the lees.

Perhaps our most popular release overall, the Sonoma Coast Chardonnay opens with an intriguing interplay of lively citrus and subtle toasted oak, laced with just a kiss of butterscotch. The palate is round and nutty, with flavors of yellow apple and orange adding lushness, while well-balanced acidity creates a lovely vibrancy.

Wine Specs:

Sugar: 0.8 grams per liter Total Acidity: 5.6 grams per liter

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