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Date Printed: 8/27/2014
La Crema Russian River Chardonnay 2009
La Crema Russian River Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 109258)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $31.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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 day, Chardonnay grown in the Russian River Valley retains a lively acidity and crispness. We love the vibrant, perfumed aromatics and fresh, bright fruit flavors.

The 2009 vintage was particularly smooth from start to finish. Budbreak arrived on schedule in the spring, and we saw lower-than-average rainfall. Healthy flowering led to a very even set, with few heat spikes during the season. Timely veraison and cooler weather later in the season allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and spend additional time on the vine. Although the end of season was somewhat challenging due to earlier than usual rainfall, by all accounts the wines show varietal integrity, depth and concentration.

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About La Crema:

Since 1979, La Crema Winery has been a pioneer in producing Burgundian varietals from the cool Sonoma coast. They handcraft their wine, one barrel at a time, at their family-owned estate located in the Russian River Valley. Balance, finesse and great fruit intensity come through in every glass of La Crema wine.

La Crema's location in the Russian River Valley is ideal for producing wines of uncompromising elegance and balance. To achieve this goal, several unique steps take place in getting fruit from the vineyards to the bottle. It begins in the vineyard, where careful canopy management and hand harvesting assure fully ripe, undamaged grapes are brought to the winery. At the winery, Winemaker Melissa Stackhouse uses artisan winemaking techniques to handcraft wines of distinctive flavor, elegance and balance.