La Crema Monterey Chardonnay
La Crema Monterey Chardonnay
La Crema Monterey Chardonnay: A Taste of Cool-Climate California
Close your eyes and imagine...the crisp ocean breeze carrying the scent of sun-warmed citrus groves. This is the essence captured in La Crema Monterey Chardonnay, a wine that embodies the spirit of its cool-climate origins and whispers of the meticulous care taken in its creation.
A Delicate Dance of Aromas:
The journey begins with a captivating bouquet, an invitation to explore the layers of this Chardonnay. Sweet notes of baked apple and graham cracker evoke comforting home-baked treats, while a burst of Meyer lemon adds a refreshing zest. But wait, there's more! A touch of exotic pineapple adds a playful tropical twist, hinting at the wine's vibrant personality.
Flavours that Unfold on the Palate:
The first sip is a revelation. Juicy Asian pear mingles with the bright acidity of orange and tangerine, creating a dance of citrusy delight. A subtle hint of minerality emerges, like a whisper of the cool ocean breeze that nurtures the vines. This is a testament to the Monterey AVA, where the influence of the Pacific Ocean lends elegance and complexity to the grapes.
Balanced and Harmonious:
More than just the individual flavours, it's the way they harmoniously intertwine that makes this Chardonnay truly special. The crisp acidity cuts through the richness of the fruit, ensuring a lively mouthfeel and a refreshing finish. It's a testament to La Crema's commitment to "balanced acidity and a long finish," a hallmark of their cool-climate Chardonnays.
A Journey from Vine to Bottle:
This meticulous balance starts in the "remarkable place" of the Monterey AVA. Imagine rolling vineyards basking in the cool ocean breeze, sourced from diverse vineyards like the Gravelstone and Clark estates. Each terroir contributes its unique character, resulting in a complex tapestry of flavours.
Crafted with Passion:
The meticulous care continues in the winery. Gentle pressing preserves the delicate flavours of the grapes, while fermentation in a mix of French and American oak barrels adds subtle notes of vanilla and spice. The use of malolactic fermentation softens the acidity and contributes a creamy texture, creating a harmonious balance.
A Legacy of Excellence:
Since 1979, La Crema has lived up to their name, "La Crema Vinera" - the best of the vine. This Chardonnay is a testament to their dedication to cool-climate appellations and artisan winemaking techniques. With every sip, you experience the unique character of the Monterey AVA, the passion of the winemakers, and the legacy of a family committed to crafting exceptional wines.
More than just a Chardonnay, this is a journey through the heart of California's cool-climate. Open a bottle, close your eyes, and let the flavours transport you to sun-drenched vineyards, whispering stories of the ocean breeze and the meticulous care that went into each bottle. This is La Crema Monterey Chardonnay, a taste of California elegance waiting to be discovered.