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La Crema, (375ml), 2016, Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

White, New World, Chardonnay from California

Lemony, apply with gentle oak. Ideal with crustaceans, roast chicken and subtle risottos.

Why we recommend this wine
During our trip to Napa and Sonoma we really enjoyed the cool climate Chardonnays – some old style heavily wooded and some more restrained (see our trip notes here). This is a good example of the restrained side that we tasted. 

The wine
Head Winemaker Craig McAllister samples grapes from every block of every vineyard, tasting each lot to craft the best wines possible. According to McAllister, the process is high-touch but low-intervention, something that’s a rarity for wineries at La Crema’s scale.

“There’s an authenticity to our wines—we allow the grapes to fully express themselves without manipulation in the winery and they’re made in traditional ways,” he says. “We barrel-ferment Chardonnay and punch it down by hand, as it was done in La Crema’s early years.”

For McAllister, quality and consistency are key. McAllister says this consistency can be attributed directly to the fruit and by way of using micro tanks and small French oak barrels. He adds that the winery’s track record also is reflective of the kind of continuity that comes from being family-owned with access to estate vineyards, farmed to the specifications of the winemaker, to achieve the optimal harvest each year.

The wine estate

La Crema website

Food and wine
Classics include crab, lobster, prawns and scallops prepared in a buttery, creamy sauce. A simple roast chicken. Butternut squash risotto is a brilliant choice. A bottle of Chardonnay will even last into the dessert course. Try it with Key lime pie for a taste sensation.
Refer also to our food and wine pairing guide, click here

Did you know?
A cool climate means grapes spend more time on the vine. That allows a deeper, more dramatic spectrum of flavors and aromas to develop. And that creates decidedly rich and layered wines.

  • Cutlivar

    Chardonnay

  • Dry / Sweet

    Dry

  • Oaked

    Lightly oaked

  • Closure

    Screw top

  • Alcohol ABV

    13.5%

£13.15

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