La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2020, California

Chardonnay from USA
Review Date : 04-Apr-2022
Bright, pale yellow with a hint of green hue, even colour throughout. The nose is softly full, aromas of lemon sherbet, pineapple and stonefruit melded with delicate spice dusting, a hint of brown butter and toasted almond. Medium-bodied, the wine is packed with freshness, nuances of lemon sherbet, ripe nectarine and pineapple enriched by almond butter, pastry and toffee; subtle white spice lends a long, juicy finish. The oak elements are integrated and broaden the palate, together with MLF leaving a creamy, smooth mouthfeel with a touch of fine-textured phenolics. A juicy line of acidity injected energy and vibrancy. This is a well-rounded and balanced Chardonnay with bright fruit and integrated barrel details on a creamy palate. Match with hazelnut-crusted grouper and fried chicken over the next 3-4 years. Fermented in a mix of French and American oak barrels, a small portion fermented in stainless steel, 13.7% alc. Partial MLF, lees stirred monthly, aged 6-7 months before bottling. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Apr 2022 RRP $45

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