Wine Review: 2014 La Crema “Sonoma Coast” Chardonnay, and 2013 La Crema “Sonoma Coast” Pinot Noir

La Crema Winery

La Crema Winery is a family-owned estate in the Russian River Valley that specializes in Burgundian-style Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from cool climate vineyards found in in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Established in 1979, La Crema quickly gained reputation for quality and consistently fine wines.

The estate is owned and operated by sister duo Laura Jackson-Giron and Jennifer Jackson. Their wines are handcraft, one barrel at a time. This is often reflected in the taste – where you will find balance, finesse and great fruit intensity which comes through in every glass.

A few winemakers developed the “La Crema Winery Style” through the years, including Dan Goldfield, Jeff Stewart, Melissa Stackhouse, and most recently (2010), Canadian Elizabeth Grant-Douglas.

2014 La Crema “Sonoma Coast” Chardonnay

This classically-crafted California Chardonnay stems from grapes sourced from vineyards that are exposed to cool ocean winds and fogs. You will find that La Crema Chardonnay is fairly consistent from year to year.

– Tasting Notes –

A buttery, oaky Chardonnay with balanced acidity;
a broad spectrum of ripe fruit such as apple, pear and some hints of tropical fruit; full-bodied and smooth finish

Foods to pair with: roast chicken, goose breast, goat cheese; scallops or anything with a cream or butter sauce.

92/100 Liz Palmer
Tasted May 1 2016

2013 La Crema “Sonoma Coast” Pinot Noir

La Crema also produces consistently fine Pinot Noir from multiple vineyards in the Sonoma Coast region. The 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.

– Tasting Notes –

This wine showcases a complex nose having hints of balsamic, cherry, cola, spicy floral and woody aromas – which follow through to the mouth; is well balanced overall with good acidity and smooth tannins; nice lingering finish.

Pair with: salmon or other fatty fish, roasted chicken or pasta dishes, casseroles and Boeuf à la Bourguignon.

91/100 Liz Palmer
Tasted May 1 2016