La Crema Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 2013 Tasting Notes and Food PairingsThis La Crema Chardonnay 2013 review is part of our value wine series.  A series of wine reviews aimed at exposing great tasting wines like La Crema’s Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast.  These wines are both accessible (La Crema Chardonnay is currently available at Costco) and won’t break the bank.

La Crema Chardonnay 2013 Review from Santa Rosa, Sonoma Coast, California

Vintage: 2013

La Crema’s white wine offerings span both cool and warmer climate plantings.  From Monterey, Russian River Valley to the Sonoma Coast — La Crema certainly has carved out a California based brand for themselves that attempts to tackle the different terroirs spanning the region.

La Crema’s Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (13.5 ABV) comes to us from Santa Rosa.  Santa Rosa, California is predominantly a cooler styled climate, which aids in producing Chardonnay’s that have a leaner and crisp feel to them.  It’s also remarkably similar to the terroir in Burgundy, France.  Burgundy is considered the birth place of Chardonnay, so climates that mirror Burgundy tend to produce similarly styled white wines thanks to a lengthy, cool and consistent  growing season.

La Crema Chardonnay Review & Tasting Notes

In the glass, this Chardonnay maintains a richly golden-straw colored hue.  The nose is stacked with chunky orange citrus, pineapple and vanilla with undertones of white peach and oak.  The opening palate is similar, and oak is pleasantly present.  Bits of citrus and tree fruit — along the lines of ripe pear, apricot, orange peel and melon back mineral flavors and oaky undertones.  The mid-palate brings about an elegant and buttery feel, with no shortage of acidity and fairly concentrated flavors.  This indicates both a lengthy growing season and obvious oak aging in this Chardonnay (95% of grapes utilized for the 2013 vintage were aged in French oak, with the remainder in stainless-steel).  Throughout the mid-palate and approaching the finish, some chalky minerals, pear, vanilla-thyme and smokey vanilla almond milkshake dance over a medium-length finish.

All in all, this vintage of La Crema Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast was better than I had anticipated.  I’ve tried previous vintages of this same white wine and found them to be somewhat unbalanced and overly oaked.  However, the 2013 seems to be more consistent and has some very pleasant complexities attached to it.

La Crema Chardonnay 2013 Review, Sonoma Coast 2013 Tasting Notes and Food Pairings

Cubes of swordfish, white mushrooms, serrano and bell peppers, butternut squash and sweet onion, marinated in olive oil, fresh rosemary, minced red onion and garlic then skewered and broiled. Served with lemon wedges. Image courtesy Pinterest.

La Crema Chardonnay Food Pairings

Considering the buttery feel of this particular Chard, my mind ran to pasta soaked in Alfredo sauce, or grilled chicken braised in a white cream based sauce.  You might consider accentuating the citrus flavors in this wine with dishes like chicken francese.  Honey crusted chicken wings, or lemon braised swordfish over butternut squash risotto will make any dinner party a hit.

Where to Buy the La Crema Chardonnay

The La Crema Chardonnay 2013 can be found at most major liqour and grocery stores in the US (you may also still be able to find the 2012 vintage, though it’s becoming fairly scarce).  I discovered the best deal at Costco (around $16.99), but you can also order the La Crema Chardonnay online via Wine.com if you’d like it delivered to your door.

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