La Crema, one of Russian River Valley’s pioneering wineries, will reach a momentous milestone this fall: its 40th anniversary. To celebrate four decades of winemaking excellence, the winery, founded on its principal of using traditional Burgundian practices in crafting Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, will release a special bottling made in collaboration with founding winemaker, Rod Berglund.
La Crema’s history is vibrant, and the winery has been a significant part of Sonoma County’s esteemed winemaking circle since its inception in 1979. The winery helped to establish prominence for the enviable winegrowing appellation of Russian River Valley during its early days. More notable, La Crema played a fundamental role in propelling single-vineyard designated wine from cool-climate appellations, and was an integral part of the Sonoma Coast’s rise to winemaking fame as one of the first to craft Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from this previously unfamiliar appellation. Today, La Crema is still known for its celebrated single-vineyard wines and Sonoma Coast collection. While the winery continues to grow in popularity, La Crema maintains the same focus and Burgundian winemaking practices that it envisioned 40 years ago.
In the years since its founding, La Crema has put down roots in the Russian River Valley with the opening of its tasting room in 2016 at the historic Saralee’s Vineyard. However, the winery’s trailblazing spirit still rings true, and La Crema has continued to explore and craft wines from other cool-climate regions, like Monterey, Anderson Valley, and Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Winemaker Craig McAllister draws inspiration from these regions to create a collection of highly regarded, appellation-specific and single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that exude a distinct sense of place.
At first sip, these are some of our favorite vintages that embody the fine art of Sonoma winemaking and are truly masterpieces.
La Crema Brut Rose ($50) – Delicate and nuanced, this wine will seamlessly serve you throughout your holiday planning or any splendid affair that calls for bubbles. A versatile and food friendly Rosé, it pairs well with holiday mainstays like turkey and fish, while its balanced acidity lends itself to a variety of other holiday must-haves like baked brie, crostini and charcuterie. Not to mention, this wine is deliciously luxurious all on its own.
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017 ($25) – One of La Crema’s signature wines, this Pinot Noir hails from the Sonoma Coast, California’s premiere cool-climate wine growing region. This wine has flavors of berry fruit and plums, with subtle hints of exotic space and toast, rounding out with a fresh, balanced acidity and fine tannins that drive a long finish. The bold red fruit flavors in this wine pair nicely with bacon wrapped-stuffed dates and a light, airy chocolate mousse.
Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017 ($23) – Celebrated for being an ideal landscape for winemaking, the stunningly beautiful Sonoma Coast is a craggy coastline where grassy pastures and redwood forests run rampid. The region’s excellence is more than confirmed in this Chardonnay. Full of apricot, lemon, gala apple and subtle oak spice aromas and richly textured and concentrated with balanced acidity that drives a lingering finish.