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La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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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 Coast Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065218,429
3.50 5
03/17/2014

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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065218,429
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065218,429
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 01/24/2012

Soft on the nose with gentle scents of nectarine, flowers, a touch of wood spice and a top note of clover honey. Ripe and round in the mouth with a soft richness that’s appealing. The fruit shows off white peach tones and has a gentle honey, brown spice edge to it as well as some buttery, baked pastry notes. A rather desserty flavor profile. The structure helps freshen things up as the acids are really vibrant, lending a lemon note right through the moderately long, apple and pineapple toned finish. The oak pops a bit again on the finish, though with a few months of age, I expect it’ll integrate just fine. 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065218,429
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 07/18/2013

Sweet apple fruit on the nose is paired with nicely judged oak that adds nuanced spice and toast aromas. This is full of green apple flavor early on the palate in a round and lush style with good supporting acids, gaining flavors of nectarine and wood spice on the slightly creamy backend before returning to nice sweet apple butter flavors on the moderately long finish. 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065218,429
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 01/24/2012

Soft and gently floral on the nose with reticent notes of pithy citrus fruits, tangelo and grapefruit, along with slow to emerge perfumey oak notes. This is rather seductive on the nose. Bright and light in the mouth, it does have a certain mouth-filling quality. The fruit is really transparent and fresh. The oak influence, while subtly adding spice to the wine, really seems to be about texture. Wonderfully balanced and fresh, the fresh citrus and sour apple fruit on the palate leads to a modest finish that ends with some block, if sweet and attractive wood tones. 89pts


Member Reviews for La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065218,429
4.40 5
03/17/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578086,128
2.50 5
12/21/2013

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.


Snooth User: jtryka
3127992,087
3.50 5
12/17/2013

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


Snooth User: twheid
146488827
3.50 5
02/08/2014

From Kroger 2-8-14 9:30 PM


Snooth User: Heather B
1267831125
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 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
79335632
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 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
70705320
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 05/14/2011

Carol Siddons introduced me to this wine.


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External Reviews for La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
Vintage: 2013 11/26/2014

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
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/17/2014

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/17/2014

Rich and creamy, with luscious toffee and tropical fruit notes. Lush texture and full-flavor. Lingering finish.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/28/2014

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/17/2014

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/17/2014

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.


External Review
11/01/2013

Similar to the Burgundy region of France, our vineyards offer an unusually long, cool and even growing season. 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.


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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.

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.

1926 Cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Notes: 18% New French Oak

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.8% pH: 3.74
Sugar: 0.8 grams per liter Total Acidity: 5.1 grams per liter

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