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La Crema Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2015

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La Crema Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2015

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Wine Spectator 92 Points
($30) Pure and lively, with flavors of lemon meringue, green apple, honeydew and spice. Though rich and dense, this is also elegant. The vibrancy keeps the flavors dancing. Drink now through 2021.

Tasting Notes
Aromas of meyer lemon, nectarine and jasmine. Flavors of yellow plum, d’Anjou pear, tangerine and toasted hazelnut. Richly textured, velvety and concentrated with balanced acidity and subtle toast.

Food Pairings
Ideal with creamy, rich foods like risotto primavera and brown butter scallops, especially those with a dash of lemon zest and/or Pecorino. Believe it or not, this wine can actually pair with asparagus!

Winemaker Notes
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 lower than the previous three years. Veraison was early and a warm, dry summer drove ripening for one of the earliest harvests on record in the Russian River Valley. For La Crema the Chardonnay harvest began on August 20, 2015.

Our boutique, hands-on techniques continued into the winery. The fruit was hand-picked, whole cluster pressed and settled for twenty four hours before
being racked to barrel for fermentation. Fifteen percent of the lot was co-inoculated with a house strain of malolactic bacteria; these barrels were 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 was aged for nine months.

These grapes were sourced from ten vineyards spread across the Russian River valley AVA and sub AVA of Chalk Hill. The estate vineyards include Kelli Ann, Piner and Saralee's. The clones include 4, 76, 95, 96 and 809. Soils are predominantly free draining sandy loams.

The Winery
Since 1979, La Crema Winery has been a pioneer in producing Burgundian varietals from the cool Sonoma coast. They handcraft their wine, one barrel at a time, at their family-owned estate located in the Russian River Valley. Balance, finesse and great fruit intensity come through in every glass of La Crema wine.

La Crema's location in the Russian River Valley is ideal for producing wines of uncompromising elegance and balance. To achieve this goal, several unique steps take place in getting fruit from the vineyards to the bottle. It begins in the vineyard, where careful canopy management and hand harvesting assure fully ripe, undamaged grapes are brought to the winery. At the winery, Winemaker Melissa Stackhouse uses artisan winemaking techniques to handcraft wines of distinctive flavor, elegance and balance.

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