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La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2016

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La Crema, Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 2015

3.5299029126214 5 0.5
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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: Snooth Editorial
83464772,061
0.00 5
Vintage: 2014 09/15/2016

Round and firm fruit notes of white peach, ripe melon and green apple on the nose with tangerine and citrus rounding out the aromas. Juicy pear and apple notes in the mouth with chunky melon and just a touch of grapefruit with an orange blossom and cream finish.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
3.50 5
Vintage: 2012 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
89065238,749
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
89065238,749
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
89065238,749
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
89065238,749
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: RandyFisher
10733941,797
2.00 5
07/08/2018

Wonder nose with lots of tropical fruit and pears. Nicely fruity with good acid but ends very bitter and oaky. What a shame.


Snooth User: Marlowes
127292960
4.00 5
Vintage: 2014 10/10/2017

Four glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.40 5
Vintage: 2012 03/17/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578087,038
2.50 5
Vintage: 2012 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
3127992,501
3.50 5
Vintage: 2012 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
Vintage: 2012 02/08/2014

From Kroger 2-8-14 9:30 PM


Snooth User: watkinsanna
104508579
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 04/16/2014

Four glasses


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External Reviews for La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
04/11/2018

A REMARKABLE PLACE: A craggy coastline. Grassy pastures. Redwood forests. Veils of morning fog giving way to fresh, sunny afternoons. This is the Sonoma Coast—stunningly beautiful, audaciously romantic and, perhaps not coincidentally, ideal for winemaking. EXCEPTIONAL GRAPES: A cool climate means grapes spend more time on the vine. That allows a deeper, more dramatic spectrum of avors and aromas to develop. And that creates decidedly rich and layered wines. Warm winter temperatures led to early bud break in February and March of 2015, but cooler than average temperatures in May delayed bloom, resulting in yields being lower than the previous three years. Veraison came early and a warm, dry summer drove ripening for one of the earliest harvests on record in the Sonoma Coast AVA. For La Crema the Chardonnay harvest began on August 20, 2015. ARTISAN WINEMAKING: Our boutique, hands-on techniques continued into the winery. The fruit is a mix of hand and machine picked that was gently pressed, settled for twenty-four hours then racked to barrel for fermentation. Fifteen percent of the lot was co-inoculated with the house strain of malolactic bacteria then used to top the remainder of the lot during post-primary fermentation. The lees were stirred 1-2 times per month and the wine aged for 9 months. The fruit was sourced from multiple vineyards spread across the Sonoma coast AVA. The estate vineyards include Saralee's, Laughlin, Fulton, Shiloh, Carneros Hills West and Durell. The clones include 4, 17, 76, 95, 96 and 809 and the soil is predominantly free-draining sandy loam. The result? Bright, citrus notes from the extreme coast. Round, soft avors from the inland areas. And fruit and minerality from the south. Notes: Round. Light. Balanced. APRICOT, lemon, GALA APPLE, subtle oak and SPICE aromas. Lemon drop, white stone fruit, yellow plum and GALIA MELON flavors. Richly TEXTURED, and concentrated with a balanced acidity that drives a lingering finish. - CRAIG MCALLISTER, WINEMAKER Type of Oak: Primarily French with some American for sweet spice and complexity; 17% new Time in Barrel: 8 months Alcohol: 13.5% T.A.: 0.54g / 100mL pH: 3.67


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 10/12/2017

A REMARKABLE PLACE: A craggy coastline. Grassy pastures. Redwood forests. Veils of morning fog giving way to fresh, sunny afternoons. This is the Sonoma Coast—stunningly beautiful, audaciously romantic and, perhaps not coincidentally, ideal for winemaking. EXCEPTIONAL GRAPES: A cool climate means grapes spend more time on the vine. That allows a deeper, more dramatic spectrum of avors and aromas to develop. And that creates decidedly rich and layered wines. Warm winter temperatures led to early bud break in February and March of 2015, but cooler than average temperatures in May delayed bloom, resulting in yields being lower than the previous three years. Veraison came early and a warm, dry summer drove ripening for one of the earliest harvests on record in the Sonoma Coast AVA. For La Crema the Chardonnay harvest began on August 20, 2015. ARTISAN WINEMAKING: Our boutique, hands-on techniques continued into the winery. The fruit is a mix of hand and machine picked that was gently pressed, settled for twenty-four hours then racked to barrel for fermentation. Fifteen percent of the lot was co-inoculated with the house strain of malolactic bacteria then used to top the remainder of the lot during post-primary fermentation. The lees were stirred 1-2 times per month and the wine aged for 9 months. The fruit was sourced from multiple vineyards spread across the Sonoma coast AVA. The estate vineyards include Saralee's, Laughlin, Fulton, Shiloh, Carneros Hills West and Durell. The clones include 4, 17, 76, 95, 96 and 809 and the soil is predominantly free-draining sandy loam. The result? Bright, citrus notes from the extreme coast. Round, soft avors from the inland areas. And fruit and minerality from the south. TASTING NOTES: FLORAL, lemon, GREEN APPLE, subtle oak and SPICE aromas. Lemon drop, white stone fruit, yellow plum and HONEYDEW MELON flavors. Richly TEXTURED and concentrated, with balanced acidity that drives a lingering finish. -CRAIG MCALLISTER, WINEMAKER Type of Oak: Primarily French with some American for sweet spice and complexity; 19% new Time in Barrel: 9 months Alcohol: 13.5% T.A.: 0.57g / 100mL pH: 3.65


External Review
Vintage: 2015 09/25/2017

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. For this 2015 fruit was sourced from a variety of prime estate vineyards including Saralee's, Laughlin, Fulton, Shiloh, Carneros Hills West and Durell. An array of different clones were selected to achieve rich layers and complexity. 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 then barrel fermented in French oak while. Full malolactic fermentation is done for a round rich character. The lees were stirred 1-2 times per month and the wine aged for 9 months.


External Review
Vintage: 2014 05/14/2016

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. For this 2014 a variety of clones were selected to achieve rich layers and complex. 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. Wine Enthusiast Magazine said "High-toned Meyer lemon and edgy minerality give this coastal wine a freshness on the palate, along with a complexity of fennel and apple. Juicy and medium bodied, it picks up a fullness on the texture as it goes, while remaining balanced and pleasing." La Crema Chardonnay is perpetually one of the most popular restaurant wines in America in Wine & Spirits Magazine's annual survey!


External Review
Vintage: 2013 06/19/2015

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2013 05/08/2015

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2013 11/27/2015

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. For this 2013 a variety of clones were selected to achieve rich layers and complex. 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. Wine Enthusiast Magazine said "High-toned Meyer lemon and edgy minerality give this coastal wine a freshness on the palate, along with a complexity of fennel and apple. Juicy and medium bodied, it picks up a fullness on the texture as it goes, while remaining balanced and pleasing." La Crema Chardonnay is perpetually one of the most popular restaurant wines in America in Wine & Spirits Magazine's annual survey!


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