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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
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
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
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
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
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
From Kroger 2-8-14 9:30 PM
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.
In my opinion, the Monterrey blows the Sonoma out of the water. Complex and ripe with tropical fruit and a luscious mouthfeel.
External Reviews for La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
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. Robert Parker scored this wine 92 points!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.
Since 1979, La Crema, one of the Jackson Family Estates, has crafted the traditional wine varietals of Burgundy in the cool vineyards of the Sonoma Coast. Like Burgundy in France, the vineyards of the Sonoma Coast offer an unusually long, cool and steady growing season. Lingering fog and wind from the nearby Pacific Ocean moderate temperatures throughout the season and slow the ripening process. With an extended “hang” time on the vines, the results at harvest are small berries with firm acidity and highly concentrated varietal aromas and flavors. Crafted one barrel at a time at this family-owned winery, Sonoma Coast wines offer exceptional balance and fruit intensity. For this 2013 a variety of clones were selected to achieve rich layers and complex, intense aromatics in the glass, including 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. 95% was then barrel fermented in French oak while 5% was fermented in stainless steel. Full malolactic fermentation is done for a round rich character. The lees were stirred every three to four weeks for 6 months adding layers of spice, texture and vanilla. No scores for this 2013 yet but it's always a crowd pleaser.
La Crema Winery has been producing outstanding Chardonnay from the cool Sonoma coast area since 1979. Grapes for this release were 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 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. 95% was then barrel fermented in French oak for while 5% was fermented in stainless steel. Full malolactic fermentation is done for a round rich character. The lees were stirred every three to four weeks for 6 months adding layers of spice, texture and vanilla. No scores for this 2013 yet but it's always a crowd pleaser.
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.
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.
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.
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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