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La Crema  Monterey Chardonnay
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La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2018

Monterey County, Central Coast, California, United StatesWinemaker Craig McAllister will be in Vancouver for the Vancouver International Wine Festival this year, and the question to ask is, 'how do you make wine in such large volumes at such a high level of quality?' A lot of it has to do with Monterey's mid-California coastal position and its chilly midday breezes that you could set your watch by. Its fresh, floral, citrus lined fruit with melon and butter slides down effortlessly. 89 percent is barrel-aged (11% goes to stainless steel), yet only 17 percent new French oak (chardonnay producers take note) is used. A partial malolactic fermentation adds some creamy textures to this cool, fruity chardonnay. It is a recipe to copy. Crab cakes anyone? The fruit for this wine is sourced from multiple vineyards across the Monterey AVA, including the Gravelstone and Clark Estate vineyards. Vineyards located in North Monterey bring juicy fruit notes while the vineyards in the South bring riper fruit flavours.Tasted: 22 December 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 34.00 private wine shops, VIWF AB 36.00 fine wine shops ON 24.00 consignment - Summit Fine Wines QC 27.00 SAQ Producer: La CremaDistributors: Summit Fine Wines
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 506790UPC: 04933102094