La Crema Sonoma Coast 2015 Chardonnay

la-crema 15(TORONTO, ON) – You may recall, in July we reviewed the 2014 edition of La Crema Sonoma Coast, and I rated it an 89. We now turn our attention to the 2015 vintage.

It is light gold in colour. On the nose, loads of pineapple, mango, peach, and melon. You know it is oaked but, like the 2014, definitely not over oaked and sullen.

On the palate, a delightful creaminess with very well integrated acids giving the wine a gentle mouthfeel. The oak, too, is seamlessly integrated, even more than in the previous year’s. I am getting the impression it is firmer than the 2014.

There is caramel and butter scotch on the palate with muted tropical fruits. A full-bodied wine, but slightly less than the 2014 and slightly less a “Cali oaked Chardonnay.” There is more of an internationally-styled Chardonnay.

A short finish.

I’ll stick with the same food suggestions I made for the 2014, namely shrimp and grits, lobster in garlic butter, or a North Carolina Low Country Boil. It is also more attractive to me as a sipping wine due to the slightly lower oak profile.

Good until the end of 2018. A pretty good wine with turkey too.

And for the more adventuresome types, with rabbit sautéed in tarragon, white wine, mustard, and yogurt then thrown on the grill. It might also work well with roast pork or, for veg heads, a mushroom, organic potatoes, and zucchini frittata.

(La Crema Sonoma Coast 2015 Chardonnay, La Crema, Santa Rosa, California, 13.5%, LCBO #962886, $29.95, 750mL, Square Media Group Rating 90/100)

Sourced from several vineyards in Sonoma Coast and aged nine months, primarily in French oak but with American oak for sweet spice and complexity.

In short, California Chardonnay hit its prime a couple of decades ago and then went super oaky. This Chardonnay shows it has regained its composure and we can expect quality Chardonnay from La Crema.

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