Lately I have been craving Chardonnay. I think it's because during the Winter, I typically crave reds, but some Chardonnays provide a fantastic alternative. I have learned to love the rich, buttery, oakey flavor of some Chardonnays, and La Crema Chardonnay was a great option. My friend, Marianne, had stopped by my place the other week and gave me the bottle because her and her husband don't drink white wine (oh bummer!).
"The Sonoma Coast growing region begins at the Mendocino County border, continues along the western coastal edge of Sonoma County through the mouth of the Russian River Valley, and extends to the Los Carneros region on the southern Sonoma/Napa border. Similar to the Burgundy region of France, these vineyards offer an unusually long, cool and even growing season, where Chardonnay is beautifully aromatic, citrus-laced and layered.
Perhaps our most popular release overall, this vintage of Sonoma Coast Chardonnay opens with an intriguing interplay of lively citrus and subtle toasted oak, laced with just a kiss of butterscotch. The palate is round and nutty, with flavors of yellow apple and orange adding lushness, while well-balanced acidity creates a lovely vibrancy."Source