La Crema Winery

2012 Appellation Series Russian River Valley Chardonnay


Russian River Valley

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Mission Briefing


Classic Elegance

Today’s La Crema 2012 Appellation Series Russian River Valley Chardonnay comes from La Crema’s Appellation Series, meaning that only the best fruit made it into this wine. The final product was crafted to be a perfect representation of Russian River Valley Chardonnay, and we absolutely agree with this sentiment.

Incredibly well balanced, with a seamless integration of fruit, earth, and spice, this Chardonnay is a cut above the your typical white wine. In fact, we would go so far as to say this wine is exactly what should come to mind when thinking of California Chardonnay. Lush fruit notes of pear and green apple form a delicate interplay with honeycomb, soft baking spices, and a touch of fresh herbs, resulting in an incredibly delicious wine.

Robert Parker awarded this wine 92 Points, and at 22% off, this is one wine to stock up on for the coming warmer months!

Tasting Profile


Sunny golden hued throughout the glass, reminiscent of rays of spring sunshine.


A classic Chardonnay on the nose, with white peach, green apple, and fresh melon overlapping white flower petal, toasty oak spice, white tea, thyme, and rosemary.


Seamless and lush on the palate, with Bartlett pear, honeydew melon, and Granny Smith apple mingling with honey comb, hazelnut, lime zest, and subtle baking spices.


Well balanced, with a fantastic, seamless integration of fruit, spice and earth, this is a classic California Chardonnay. On the finish, a lovely acidity lingers until a note of subtle honey remains on the tip of the tongue.


A light and refreshing meal of homemade shrimp scampi.

What the Winery Says

This exceptional vintage gave us classic Russian River Valley Chardonnay character, with fresh aromas of yellow apple and stone fruit highlighted by baking spice and vanilla tones. On the palate, flavors of ripe pear and honeydew melon are accented by toffee and hazelnut notes. The rich mouthfeel is beautifully balanced by juicy acidity and great concentration, giving a lush and lingering finish.

92 Point Review - Robert Parker …exhibits notes of orange marmalade, white peaches and pineapple, medium to full body, heady glycerin and a long, pure, well-balanced finish…

Elizabeth Grant-Douglas
92 Points - Robert Parker
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
Fruit Variety
100% Chardonnay
9 months in 100% French oak

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.

Winemaker Elizabeth Grant-Douglas

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.

Elizabeth Grant-Douglas’ love of winemaking began at a young age in the basement of her childhood home in Niagara Falls, Canada. It was there that her parents made wine from grapes grown in her father’s hobby vineyard out back, and she learned about viticulture first-hand as she helped him tend the vines. Elizabeth first earned a degree in Economics at the University of Waterloo before switching gears entirely to focus on the art and skill of winemaking. She was part of the first graduating class of Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture program.

Always fascinated by the unique challenges of making wine from grapes grown in cooler climates, she began her career working in several Canadian wineries including Inniskillin, Chateau des Charmes and Thirteenth Street, before heading to Washington and, finally, the Sonoma Coast.

Here, the Sonoma Coast vineyards are a natural fit for Elizabeth’s experience and specialized education, giving her unique insight on the rigors of grape growing and winemaking in cool regions. Not surprisingly, she is particularly drawn to the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards of Russian River Valley because of the ideal growing conditions it offers these classic Burgundian varietals.

Elizabeth joined La Crema as an enologist in 2001 and was named Winemaker in 2010. She was promoted to her current position in 2013. Her journey of discovery and craftsmanship continues as her relationship with the gorgeous Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris fruit of California’s coastal wine regions evolves.

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