Tasting notes: La Crema Chardonnay
La Crema Chardonnay. Aromas of grilled pineapple, Asian pear, tangerine, and papaya are followed by flavors of white peach, Anjou pear, Key lime and honeydew melon which are complemented by a touch of barrel spice and river stone minerality. Balanced acidity lingers on a long finish.
Try with Fish, Shellfish or Manchego.
The Monterey Region had a wet start to winter- with early rainfalls helping to ease drought conditions by replenishing both soil moisture and reservoirs. Thankfully, Monterey avoided spring frosts that caused some problems in other areas. Budbreak and early season growth proceeded without concern.
A mild spring and summer followed, and all was normal until the September heatwave bought record temperatures to the region and with it a very rapid onset to harvest. We did see slightly lower than average yields in Monterey in 2022 but a quality harvest was quickly apparent with concentrated flavours, balanced acidity and refined phenolic development being the norm.
Fruit is gently pressed followed by settling for 24 hours then racked to barrel for fermentation. Lees stirred monthly. Aged on lees for 5-6 months. 90%-barrel fermentation in a mix of French (70%) and American (30%) oak barrels, 16% new oak.