2009 La Crema Chardonnay Sonoma

Year: 2009
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 89
Connoisseurs' Guide: 88
Wine Enthusiast: 93
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"The excellent 2009 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast is a crisp, elegant, fresh effort revealing notes of nectarines, honeyed citrus and zesty lemon rind in its medium-bodied, fresh, fragrant, pure personality. Representing elegance at its finest, it should drink well for several years.

La Crema is an excellent value winery owned by Jess Jackson with an impressive group of winemakers, including Melissa Stackhouse." (WA)

"Bright gold. Ripe nectarine and honeydew aromas are complemented by sweet butter and herbs. Quite fruit-driven but also surprisingly lively. Full-bodied melon and pit fruit flavors are subtly sweet and expansive, with a hint of anise coming up on the back end. Finishes smooth, with solid punch and lingering fruitiness." (IWC)

"If taking fresh, slightly citrusy fruit as its main motif in the nose, this medium-full-bodied effort proves to be a bit plumper in feel and riper in tone once on the palate. Its rich and very accessible flavors are keyed on sweet apples with highlights of soft, mildly vanillin oak spice, and its open manner makes it one to enjoy in the relatively near term. Reviewed: March 2011" (CG)

"Rich and unctuous, with a viscous, glyceriney texture holding deep, opulent flavors of pineapples, lime custard, clover honey, Mandarin orange and cinnamon spice. Lees treatment brings a creamy, slightly sourdough tang. Good price for a Chardonnay of this quality. " (WE)