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La Crema Monterey Chardonnaytext

La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2022

Monterey County, Central Coast, California, United StatesLook for fresh, bright fruit, baked apples, tangerine, and orange. The palate is juicy, with Asian pear, key lime, and pineapple, with a saline underside. The alcohol tips out at a modest 13.5%, making it food friendly and easy to sip. The Monterey AVA consists of a long valley stretching from the uniquely cold Monterey Bay to the far Southeast reaches of the Salinas Valley. An ever present breeze and maritime influence cool vast expanses of rolling vineyards. The fruit comes off multiple sites, including the Gravelstone and Clark estate vineyards. 2022 was mostly a dream season with a wet start to winter and early rainfalls helping to ease drought conditions. Budbreak and early season growth avoided frost problems seen elsewhere with a regular dry season before a late heat spike forced a quick harvest starting September 20. The fruit is 90% barrel fermented, in a 70/30 mix of French and American oak barrels for 5-6 months, including 16% new oak.Tasted: 05 March 2024Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
BC$26.99750mlselect private retailers
AB$29.99750mlselect private retailers
ON$24.00750mlconsignment - Summit Fine Wines
Producer: La CremaDistributors: Summit Fine Wines
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 506790UPC: 04933102094