(2011 Vintage) the series: appellation series Here at La Crema, we are passionate about terroir. In a literal sense, terroir is the unique characteristics of a site – everything from soil, wind and temperature to the neighboring eucalyptus trees or distance from the sea. In essence, it simply means that one wine cannot be duplicated elsewhere. Produced in limited quantities, our Appellation wines are firmly rooted in this concept. the place: russian river valley Chardonnay is a chameleon – readily taking on the character of its growing site and winemaking technique. Cloaked in the cool coastal fog that rolls over the vineyards each evening, Chardonnay grown in the Russian River Valley retains a lively acidity and crispness as it ripens slowly in the cool climate. We love the vibrant, perfumed aromatics and fresh, bright fruit flavors.