(TORONTO, ON) – Sonoma Coast is gently kissed by cooling fog therefore creating a cool climate and wines which are higher in acidity and crispness than Napa Valley wines.
This 2014 La Crema Chardonnay Sonoma Coast has a medium gold colour. On the nose, there is big pineapple, mango, Golden Delicious, and pineapple upside down cake. On the palate, there is certainly a generous dollop of American oak.
There is also a burst of pineapple, musk melon, and white grapefruit topped with sugar and baby powder. Relatively short finish.
Given the oak influence, this is definitely a Californian Chardonnay, but with freshness and enough acidity to have me state ABC does not apply here; Anything But Chardonnay.
Nonetheless you must really appreciate an oaked Chardonnay before you wave the flag for this one.
Slap your chicken up with just about anything and this is the wine for you. It’ll also be a big hit with Canadian lobster, grilled and dipped in a garlicy butter sauce. And going southern, shrimp and grits or a North Carolina low country boil.
You can sip this one this summer, very chilled, but this wine seems to say, “OK. I am good to sip, but when is dinner coming? I am designed for food so serve it up.”
The more the chill the less the oak.
(La Crema Sonoma Coast 2014 Chardonnay, La Crema Winery, Windsor, California, 750ml, 13.5%, $29.95, LCBO #962886, Square Media Group Rating 89/100)