La Crema, situated in the picturesque Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, has been crafting exceptional wines since its inception in 1979. Founded by a group of passionate individuals, La Crema gained prominence for its commitment to producing Burgundian varietals, particularly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, known for their finesse and complexity.
In 1993, the renowned vintner Jess Jackson, famous for Kendall-Jackson wines, took over the reins of La Crema, infusing the winery with his expertise and vision. Under his guidance, La Crema flourished, earning a reputation for crafting high-quality wines at accessible price points.
The vineyards that form the backbone of La Crema’s wines are spread across various renowned regions of California. Grapes are sourced from vineyards in Anderson Valley in Mendocino, Russian River Valley, Los Carneros, Sonoma Coast, as well as from Monterey and Arroyo Seco on California’s Central Coast. More recently, they have expanded their offerings to include wines from Oregon’s prestigious Willamette Valley.
The winemaking approach at La Crema focuses on showcasing the unique characteristics of each region. As such, the wines are bottled separately by region, allowing enthusiasts to experience the distinct terroir of each location. Notably, their exclusive Nine Barrel Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are crafted from the finest nine barrels sourced from their Russian River holdings.
La Crema’s wines are renowned for their rich, fruit-forward style. The Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties see generous oak aging, adding complexity and depth to the final product. On the other hand, the Pinot Gris is aged in stainless steel to preserve its ripe fruit flavors and refreshing character.
With a strong presence across the United States and international markets, La Crema has captured the hearts of wine enthusiasts with their consistently impressive offerings. From casual sips to special occasions, La Crema’s wines are a delightful choice for anyone seeking the essence of California’s finest Burgundian varieties.