2009 La Crema Chardonnay

Year: 2009
Appellation: Monterey County
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 91
White Wine
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"More tropical aromas of pineapples, orange marmalade and honeysuckle jump from the glass of the 2009 Chardonnay Monterey. Fifty percent of this cuvee was put through malolactic fermentation and it came in under 14% alcohol, not unusual in a cool year such as 2009. It exhibits abundant fruit, medium body, good depth and a seductive style. Enjoy it over the next several years.

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

"...With a beautiful golden color, it brims with pineapple, golden mango and lemon custard flavors, enhanced with bright, citrusy acidity...” (WE)

"What’s better than sitting outside on a warm evening with a cool glass of Chardonnay? For me, not a heck of a lot, especially when that cool glass is from La Crema, who makes one of the best values in California Chardonnay hands down. All of their Chardonnays are really good year after year and this, the lowest priced in their lineup, still shows as a premium wine.

This wine actually reminds me of the 94 point Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay in a lot of ways. It’s oaky and buttery, yet balanced with a persistent acidity – a truly impressive expression of California Chardonnay. The round mouthfeel combined with crisp pineapple flavors tell me that this isn’t a one trick pony like a lot of Chardonnay in this price range. I’ve found that most Chards in the under $20 category are very one dimensional, either huge oak bombs, or all citrus flavors with no texture. Not the case here. This wine goes through 50% malolactic fermentation which gives it the rich oily mouthfeel while retaining the citric acid that keeps everything in balanace. It all finishes with nice length and purity.

La Crema is worth seeking out. That’s really saying something for a wine priced at $13.95 – a price that is actually so good there are retailers selling half bottles for more! I just found my new house Chardonnay." (Nickel & Dime)

Winery Notes:
This release shows vivid tropical aromas of pineapple, lemon zest and apricot. Bright acidity and lush citrus provide the backdrop for juicy tropical flavors, while fresh, clean mineral notes punctuate the finish.