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La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2012
Chardonnay for this release was selected from cool vineyard sites within the Sonoma Coast boundaries. A variety of clones were selected to achieve rich layers and complex, intense aromatics in the glass, including Clones Clone 4, Dijon, Robert Young, 809, Rued and Wente. To avoid damage to the clusters, fruit was picked in the coolest parts of the day and delivered to the winery in small, half-ton bins. The fruit was carefully sorted before pressing; hand-picked lots were immediately whole cluster pressed. After all the fruit was pressed and settled overnight, the juice was racked for inoculation. The majority of the juice was barreled down in French oak for primary fermentation, with a small percentage fermented in stainless steel to preserve fresh fruit tones. 100% of the wine underwent secondary malolactic fermentation using a house strain of ML culture, converting strong malic acids to softer, round lactic acids. The less were stirred every three to four weeks for 4 months, then racked off the lees just prior to blending for bottling. Toast levels of the barrels ranged from medium to medium plus, adding additional layers of spice, texture and vanilla.
Editorial Reviews for La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Spicy on the nose with a clear shot of toasty oak and vanilla layered over candied apple and cantaloupe fruit. Moderately rich on entry, and packed with sweet apple and meyer lemon fruit, this is a fruit forward style that shows nicely integrated oak and a gently creamy style. the richness here comes more from the fruiti than the cellar, with come creamy oak flavors emerging on the back end and toasty coconut toasted almond, and vanilla notes lingering on the moderately long finish. A fairly obvious fruit and oak style. 88pts
Four and a half glasses
Not a bad sonoma chardonnay but nothing exciting. A bit oaked with ripe stone fruit. More on the richer side as opposed to being citrus or mineral driven.
Now as a complete novice to white wines, I can only say what I've heard in the past, particularly that Chardonnay may be a more popular wine, perhaps a bit overdone, but heck I'll try anything once! The wine itself has lovely aromas of green grass, ample citrus, honey and just a hint of caramel. The taste is ripe and crisp, with very little of the tart fruit I so often encounter when I venture into the world of white wine. I would characterize this wine as a classic, buttery sort of Chardonnay, with many rich flavors that would be perfect with a varierty of fall and winter dishes. The finish is somewhat soft with some metallic notes, but ultimately a very nice wine. See my full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2013/12/2012-la-crema-sonoma-coast-chardonnay.html
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External Reviews for La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Light, bright gold. Spicy citrus fruits and chamomile on the delicately scented nose. Light-bodied, dry and nervy, offering juicy Meyer lemon and quince flavors that pick up a white pepper quality with air. Closes with good clarity and tangy cut, leaving a subtle leesy note behind.
Vibrant tropical fruit, ripe apple, and exotic notes of hazelnut and lychee. Bold acidity makes this Chardonnay refreshing and savory, but it finishes with hints of vanilla and caramel.
Rich and creamy, with luscious toffee and tropical fruit notes. Lush texture and full-flavor. Lingering finish.
Pale yellow-gold. Aromas of nectarine, orange pith and white flowers, with touch of smokiness in the background. Starts off tight and focused, then puts on weight with air, offering juicy pear and pit fruit flavors and a hint of toasty lees. The orange quality comes back strong on the finish, which lingers with very good mineral-driven persistence.
Shows a smoky, campfire edge, with toasted wood on top of the ripe fig and pear flavors. A rich and full style that is graceful and elegant. Drink now.
Monterey, CaliforniaLa Crema Monterey Chardonnay is a beautiful wine from a Sonoma-based winery that has pioneered cool-climate artisan winemaking. La Crema has explored California's finest coastal growing regions where cooling ocean wind and fog allow the grapes to ripen slowly on the vine, developing complex aromas and flavors. The winery's quest has ranged north into the rugged hills of Mendocino and south along the wind-swept slopes of Los Carneros. The Monterey wines originate on the cool benchlands of this coastal appellation. Just over half of the fruit for this release was grown in the vineyards of Arroyo Seco, with the remainder coming from vineyards found throughout the cool and windy Monterey appellation.La Crema Monterey Chardonnay shows vivid tropical aromas of pineapple, lemon zest and apricot. Bright acidity and lush citrus provide the backdrop for juicy tropical flavors, while fresh, clean mineral notes punctuate the finish. The wine was 100% barrel fermented in 86% French oak (20% new.) 100% of the blend underwent secondary malolactic fermentation in barrel. The wine wasstirred every three weeks as it aged 6 months on the lees.Enjoy La Crema Monterey Chardonnay as a very food-friendly wine. Its acidity will pair well with seafoods and shellfish, and complement pastas with cream sauces, as well as roast chicken and pork roast with fruit.
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.
Food Pairings for La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Since 1979, La Crema has crafted the traditional wine varietals of Burgundy in the cool vineyards of the Sonoma Coast. This coastal region’s boundary begins at the Mendocino County border, continues along the western coastal edge of Sonoma County through the mouth of the Russian River Valley, and extends to the Los Carneros region on the southern Sonoma/Napa border. Our Sonoma Coast wines are a salute to the tremendously fresh, concentrated and layered palette of ﬂavors offered by these coastal vineyards. Crafted one barrel at a time at our family-owned winery, Sonoma Coast wines offer exceptional balance and fruit intensity.
1926 Cases produced.
Notes: 18% New French Oak
|Alcohol: 13.8%||pH: 3.74|
|Sugar: 0.8 grams per liter||Total Acidity: 5.1 grams per liter|
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