Wine Review: La Crema Chardonnay 2007

La Crema Chardonnay

It’s Not On The Bottom Shelf For a Reason

This is a brand and winery that has been in the public view for quite awhile, though it is often seen as the “Oooooh, that’s a tad too much for tonight. Where’s an $8 bottle?” – type of wine. In other words, whenever you are at the store (most regular grocery stores carry this) or a restaurant, odds are you will see a bottle of La Crema Chardonnay, but the price point is always a bit too much for most pocketbooks.

This is the unfortunate downfall of many wines like La Crema.They have crested that $10.99 and left it behind by a few dollars, turning a lot of potential buyers off. But we’re here to tell you that even if you are picking up a ready-to-eat rotissiere chicken, some salad, and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, the La Crema Chardonnay is well worth the extra few bucks.

So be brave, pull out a couple of singles, and try something new.

Color

Beautiful pale gold. Not too oily or apple-juicey. Looks light, crisp and refreshing.

Nose

Sliced green apple, lemon and orange zest, some butterscotch (we thought Werther’s Originals).

Taste

More of those apples, only this time they are in a pie with nice hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Crisp and refreshing with little oak, if any. The butter is there, but it floats in and out pretty quickly, which means that if this was oaked, it probably wasn’t in there for too long. Good finish with the crunchy, tart fruits hanging on for a good while.

With Food

This might be the best seafood Chardonnay we’ve seen yet. Since the butter is barely there, but the acidity is in full force and tongue-tingling, this will cut through rich shellfish dipped in butter, lobster bisques, and even heavy cream sauces with pasta, mussels, shrimp, scallops, squid, etc.

$15.99 at WineLibrary.com!

La Crema Winery

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