2008 La Crema Chardonnay Sonoma Coast
358 Ratings
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358 Ratings
2008 La Crema Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

Wine Description

(From 2013 Vintage) Beautifully aromatic, citrus-laced and layered. Hints of peach blossom, Meyer lemon, vanilla and yellow plum. This wine opens with layered aromas of vanilla, yellow plum, fresh peach blossom and ripe citrus. On the palate are flavors of locally grown Gravenstein apple framed by hints of sweet spice and shortbread. The end result is a broad, juicy, and beautifully balanced mouthfeel.

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2010 Vintage) This Chardonnay opens with an intriguing interplay of lively citrus and subtle toasted oak, laced with just a kiss of butterscotch. The palate is round and nutty, with flavors of yellow apple and orange adding lushness, while well-balanced acidity creates a lovely vibrancy.

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    The 2008 release of Sonoma Coast Chardonnay opens with vibrant citrus and crisp green apple aromas, laced with subtle notes of butterscotch and clove. On the palate, flavors broaden into juicy orange and ripe yellow apple, with hints of vanilla and caramel tones adding richness and texture to a long, fresh finish. Alcohol: 13.9% T.A.: 0.60g / 100mL pH: 3.61 R.S.: 0.15% La Crema pressed whole clusters to preserve the intense fresh fruit character of the grapes, then ferment 97% of the juice in barrel and 3% in stainless steel. To add a rich, creamy quality, 70% of the wine underwent a secondary malolactic fermentation that changes strong malic acids into softer, round lactic acids. The wine was aged on the lees for 7 months in primarily French oak (20% new). Toast levels of the barrels ranged from medium to medium plus, adding engaging layers of spice, texture and vanilla. During barrel aging, the lees were stirred every three weeks to enhance the creamy, round character of the wine.

    about 4 years
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    Clean, a touch simple and frontal but decently fruity nonetheless, this easily liked Pinot Noir also finds a passing reference to dried flowers in its aromas. Somewhat rounded at entry, then firmer across the palate, the wine is medium-full in body and shows off both supple and slightly puckery notes as it finishes. A couple of years in bottle would not hurt.

    over 4 years
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    I don't usually like white wine, but we drank this with some grilled salmon and it was excelent! after having it again, I think this is my favorite white wine...

    almost 3 years
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    creamy and buttery. pretty good would definitely order again.

    almost 5 years
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    Awesome! Smooth, buttery, not too sweet. my fav Chardonnay!

    over 4 years
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    very smooth wine creamy finish

    over 4 years
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    sweet smell fruity with a hint of a dry light finish

    over 4 years
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    very fruity aromas, berry, strawerry. a great Pinot.

    almost 5 years
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    very good. super smooth and sweet.

    about 4 years
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    simple, boring Chardonnay.

    almost 5 years
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    smooth, creamy aftertaste

    over 3 years
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    nice body not too heavy

    over 4 years
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    perfect all around chard

    over 4 years
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    good hints of butter

    over 4 years
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    butter smooth

    over 4 years
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    over 4 years
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    my favorite

    over 4 years
Expert Reviews
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 2000 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 142 on Aug-02