La Crema Chardonnay 2022, Sonoma Coast, California

One of Sonoma County’s largest AVAs, the Sonoma Coast Appellation stretches from the San Pablo Bay in the South to Mendocino County line to the North and runs primarily along the mountainous coastline of the Pacifi c Ocean. A sprawling growing region, the Sonoma Coast AVA is known for its strong maritime influence that provides a cool growing climate throughout the year with fog moderating warmer summer temperatures. Fruit is gently pressed, settled for 24 hours then racked to barrel for fermentation. 15% of the lot was co-inoculated with a house strain of malolactic bacteria. These barrels are then used to top the remainder of the lot post-primary fermentation. Lees stirred monthly. Wine is aged on lees for approximately 6 months. Winemaker’s comments: NOSE: Meyer lemon, Asian pear and white owers are supported on the nose by subtle hints of oak. Palate: Crisp apple, golden peach, and pineapple. Heady flavors of graham cracker pie crust add a vein of richness. Fleshy, vibrant, and concentrated, juicy yet balanced acidity drives a lingering finish. Aging: 94% barrel fermentation in a mix of French (75%) and American (25%) oak barrels, 17% new oak. Wine is matured in barrel for 6 months.