La Crema Winery

2012 Arroyo Seco Chardonnay

Chardonnay

California: Monterey County: Arroyo Seco

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Mission Briefing

Codename:

The Outperformer

After one sip of today’s La Crema Winery 2012 Arroyo Seco Chardonnay, we can guarantee you’ll never again reach for that old standby, Rombauer. Today’s wine is more elegant, more delicious, and, dare we say, simply a better wine than that more notable brand.

Robert Parker raved about today’s wine, calling out its ripe, full bodied notes of exotic fruit flavors. He awarded today’s wine 92 Points, and you’ll quickly see why after pouring yourself a glass.

Give today’s Chard a chance - we guarantee you’ll be more than impressed.

Tasting Profile

Look:

A lovely subtle pale gold through and through.

Smell:

Supremely elegant and feather light aromatics on today’s wine, with lush exotic fruit notes of papaya and guava framed by vanilla bean, peach blossom, orange oil, key lime, and a touch of brioche.

Taste:

The palate favors more fresh and crisp flavors, which provides a wonderful counterbalance to the creaminess of the nose. More subdued exotic fruit notes are joined by flavors of green apple, honeycomb, browned caramel, and freshly baked buttery brioche.

Finish:

A very refined Chardonnay, without any ‘in your face’ creaminess. Instead, a more seductive wine, with a lasting note of almost browned sugar that lingers through and through.

Pairing:

Chilled salmon with a citrus infused crème fraîche, served on a hazelnut crostini - YUM!

What the Winery Says

Juicy and complex, the 2012 Arroyo Seco Chardonnay offers a generous nose filled with Key lime, baking spice, peach blossom and caramel, while the expansive palate introduces layers of cantaloupe, tropical fruit and marzipan, underscored with the distinct impression of wet river stone. The broad mid-palate texture is balanced 2012 by the vibrant citrus character and natural acidity.

92 Point Review - Robert Parker …emphasizes the tropical fruit spectrum…from pineapple to mango to lychee-like notes. Ripe, medium to full-bodied and fleshy with terrific purity…

90 Point Review - Wine Enthusiast Made in a drier, tarter style than the winery’s Russian River bottling, this Chard favors elegance over opulence. It’s streamlined and crisp, with subtle notes of green apples, kumquats and honey, gently touched by smoky oak.

Winemaker
Elizabeth Grant Douglas
Accolades
92 Points - Robert Parker, 90 Points - Wine Enthusiast, 90 Points - Stephen Tanzer
Appellation
Arroyo Seco, Monterey
Fruit Variety
100% Chardonnay
Clone Selection
Rued, Clone 4, Clone 76
Cooperage
8 months in 100% French oak, 25% new
ABV
13.5%

About the Winery

For more than 30 years, La Crema has explored California’s coastal appellations, a voyage of varietals that started here at our estate in the foggy vineyards of the Russian River Valley. On our journey, we have found exciting cool-climate vineyards north in the rugged hills of Mendocino, and south along the wind-swept slopes of Los Carneros. Most recently, our exploration has taken us to the wind-swept hillside vineyards of Monterey. Centered always on the dual lens of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, we look for one unifying factor at these exceptional sites: coastal wind and fog that allow the grapes ripen slowly on the vine, developing intensely complex aromas and flavors while retaining firm acid structure.

Naturally, our winemaking team seeks to express the essence of the terroir in our wines, capturing the unique personality and flavor profile of the vineyards. Elizabeth Grant-Douglas infuses our winemaking regime with a highly personal touch that combines the best of traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques with a contemporary California style.

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