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La Crema Russian River Chardonnay 2021

14.30% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2021
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    In the aftermath of a challenging harvest 2020 season, La Crema Russian River Chardonnay 2021 emerges as a testament to resilience and artistry. Crafted by the skilled winemaker, Craig McAllister, this wine showcases the best of Sonoma County’s vineyards in a stunning blend of aromas and flavors.

    In the glass, the wine presents a beautiful golden hue that hints at its lush and inviting character. On the nose, a symphony of lemon, pineapple, and nectarine notes dances gracefully, inviting you deeper into the experience. Subtle hints of brioche, spice, and oak lend a delicate complexity that adds intrigue to the aroma.

    The first sip reveals a tapestry of flavors that unfold on the palate. Ripe pear, tangy tangerine, and succulent honeydew melon intertwine harmoniously, creating a refreshing and vibrant fruit medley. As the wine evolves, heady flavors of apple galette emerge, adding a vein of richness and depth.

    La Crema’s 2021 Russian River Chardonnay boasts a fleshy and concentrated texture that coats the palate with a sense of luxury. The lively acidity balances the juiciness, keeping the wine bright and vibrant from the first sip to the lingering finish.

    The artisan winemaking process at La Crema shines through in the wine’s impeccable structure. The fruit is treated with utmost care, gently pressed, and settled for 24 hours before fermentation in oak barrels. A thoughtful touch comes from the use of a house strain of malolactic bacteria in 15% of the lot, enhancing the wine’s complexity and texture. Lees stirring, combined with aging on lees for 9 to 10 months, further refines the wine’s character.

    La Crema Russian River Chardonnay 2021 is a remarkable expression of the terroir and craftsmanship, inviting wine enthusiasts on a delightful journey of flavors. Savor this exquisite wine with grilled seafood, creamy pastas, or roasted poultry dishes to elevate your dining experience to new heights. Whether you’re a seasoned wine connoisseur or a curious explorer, this Chardonnay promises to captivate your senses and leave a lasting impression.

    75 reviews for La Crema Russian River Chardonnay 2021

    1. Franklin Miles

      Interesting nose of sawdust and pear. Sour pear taste that I didn’t enjoy, but a buttery mid palate and smoky finish that I did.

    2. Nicole Moore

      Great balance of fruit, butter, and oak.

    3. Kenneth Headd

      Zeke’s wedding in Mendocino had a light yellow wine with lime and apple scents. It was creamy, not too fruity and had a medium toast with hints of butter and stone fruit. It was decent but not very complex.

    4. Todd Brooks

      Buttery with pear, hazelnut, butterscotch, vanilla and spice aromas. Too oaky.

    5. Joshua Brussel

      Delicious butterscotch notes.

    6. Charles Sutton

      Rich, full-bodied wine.

    7. Deborah Depew

      Good fruit with peach and a hint of lemon on the nose. Supportive mid-palate with mild oak. Not too buttery like usual Californian wines. Suffers from flab and lack of acid. Solid buy, but not excellent or outstanding.

    8. Paul Reed

      Flat spicy pear.

    9. Rodney Hanson

      Elegant, yet lacks concentrated fruit.

    10. Mary Randolph

      Buttery and sweet with a fatty mouthfeel. Noticeable heat on the finish. Fair to good.

    11. Peggy Garcia

      Good nose, grassy and mineral. Palate has honey, melon, butter, and nuttiness. Not exactly what the vintages lady promised, but still excellent.

    12. Lorenzo Kelly

      La Crema’s Chardonnay boasts an aromatic bouquet with notes of melon and honeysuckle, making it one of their best.

    13. Catherine Hanus


    14. Jean Robinson


    15. Virginia Staton

      Candied fruit overload, but saved by smooth finish.

    16. Priscilla Teeter

      Excessive butter.

    17. Sophie Gonce

      Creamy, classic medium oaked Cali chard with notes of apple and ripe melon, medium acidity and slight tropical aspect. A bit hot but not blowsy.

    18. Doris Smith


    19. Suzanne Hoge

      Solid pear and lemon aromas with good acidity. Tangy finish with apricots and smoky notes.

    20. Pauline Esmond

      Unexpectedly citrusy and mineral-rich for an RRV wine with oak aging. Smooth finish.

    21. Miguel Mullins

      Great value California Chardonnay with light oak notes.

    22. Michael Sahota

      Excellent classic California chardonnay with balanced butter and oak.

    23. Douglas Berryhill

      Smooth and crisp wine with yellow plum, cognac, and honey spice aromas. Butterscotch and grilled pear flavors with good QPR.

    24. Herbert Barnwell

      An excellent example of balance – yellow apple, white peach and lime fruit against a backdrop of toast and honey from the oak. Impressive.

    25. Lorraine Nobles

      Moderate, lacks full body.

    26. Wilma Palmer

      Prefer the Sonoma La Crema

    27. Sofia Gibbs

      Nice, but not complex. Creamy and butterscotch flavors are prominent.

    28. Sterling Robinson

      Russian River No. 10 has a bay leaf and candied aroma. It has medium acidity, dry, and a medium body. It has a long Sweet Almond nutty finish, good balance, length, and intensity, but low complexity. It’s a good wine, well-made, but one-dimensional.

    29. Sandra Kozak

      Lovely medium-bodied California Chardonnay with assertive oak, apple, and pear flavors. Soft, buttery, and well-balanced, perfect for sipping.

    30. Robert Jarman

      Uncomplicated chardonnay with classic notes of lemon, lime, and brioche.

    31. Joseph Poor

      Tasty, round, and medium-bodied with notes of toffee, vanilla, and citrus. Light oak and spice. Nice texture.

    32. Manuel Thomas

      Perfect pairing with cheeses.

    33. Jonathan Sullivan

      Complex with mineral notes, less buttery than regular La Crema.

    34. Barbara Holloway

      Nice and buttery, would drink again.

    35. Steven Beach

      One-dimensional, medium-bodied wine with melon, pineapple, and butterscotch notes. Short finish.

    36. Teresa Miller

      Rich and creamy with notes of yellow pear, peaches, and apples. Medium acidity with a bold texture. Aged 8 months in new French oak.

    37. Ryan Mclean

      Pale straw with pear, butter, and apricot notes. Low acid, no tannins, not sweet. Balanced finish with a hint of apple.

    38. Gregory Robles

      Buy again for excellent oak and buttery taste with a touch of sweetness.

    39. Julie Hooper


    40. George Cushing

      Solidly structured, rich California Chardonnay with notes of butter and caramel and a long finish.

    41. Jerry Stewart

      Over-massaged tropical flavors, resembles CA Chardonnay. Too much buttery taste. If you enjoy overdone Chardonnay, this is for you.

    42. Jeffrey Tefft

      High acidity.

    43. Alton Carroll

      Medium body with stone fruit flavors and lower acidity than 2016. Enjoyable on its own.

    44. Claire Eliezrie

      Balanced and easy to drink, this Chardonnay has true varietal flavors with a hint of peaches and oak. Fun and affordable at $24.

    45. Deborah Neil

      “Oak-forward with balanced acidity, controlled fruits. Typical Cal chard.”

    46. Sarah Mccormick

      Tropical and lemony taste.

    47. Maybelle Dilbeck

      Notes of citrus and floral.

    48. Christopher Malone

      Pop and pour for a weeknight, save half for later. Lemon and grapefruit scents when warmed.

    49. Christine Barrett

      High Acl. 14.5%, Herbs, Butter, Biscuit from lees.

    50. James Robinson

      VIP box Chardonnay has a plastic scent and a simple finish, with full mid-palate fruitiness.

    51. Jeremiah Dunneback

      Balanced and elegant, with notes of pear, apple, and minerals. Medium-full bodied and crunchy with a smooth finish.

    52. Willie Boggan

      Total’s oak and cream notes with a toasty flavor is a fat and round wine with simple yet pleasing taste. The price point is unbeatable.

    53. John Schmidt

      Got this La Crema Chardonnay at 50% off from Jewel on the last day of normalcy. It’s pretty nice for the money. Will check out remaindered shelves during a pandemic more often.

    54. Vicki Howard

      Buttery and oaky with a full body and good balance.

    55. Phillip Hippler

      Medium straw-gold color with oak, vanilla, banana, and citrus creme. Generous on fruit and alcohol. Lacks acidity and balance. Clean finish. 84.

    56. Kevin Leonard

      Wine not worth the price. Similar to cheaper options at Costco.

    57. Tiffany Meade

      Oak-forward notes complemented creamy cheeses.

    58. Danny Henderson

      Toasty, oaky, creamy.

    59. Jean Moreno

      Disappointing. Better options at lower prices.

    60. Sheila Rufe

      Crisp and refreshing traditional Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley with good acidity, semi-dry, and well-balanced notes of honeysuckle and cantaloupe.

    61. John Baldwin

      Great well-rounded Chardonnay with good acidity, nice body, and a hint of butter. Mild smoke. Perfect for any occasion.

    62. Peter Johnson

      Average Chardonnay, lacking oak and crispness. Falls between Chablis and California Chardonnay.

    63. Shellie Kelly

      Love this unoaked chardonnay! Perfect balance of tart and sweet with notes of peach and citrus.

    64. Ellen Rodriguez

      Review: Juicy peach and stone fruit with a touch of lemon and cedar, but the oak overpowers the fruit. Textured with woody tannins and a buttery finish, but ultimately underwhelming.

    65. Pauline Valdez

    66. Phillip Tate

      Solid chardonnay, notes of apricot and pear with mild oak. Great solo or with food.

    67. Wayne Bodrey

      Great value at $25, mid-weight Chard that hits all the right notes after 30 mins of air time. Recommended over more expensive options.

    68. Vincent Dominquez

      La Crema’s wine is a beauty. The finish of apples, pears, and peaches is moderately complex, with only a hint of oak. No citrus or butter detected. A consistent offering from La Crema, and a steal at a supermarket closeout price.

    69. Selina Collins

      Great value. Notes of citrus and vanilla with a subtle oak finish.

    70. Robert Horner

      Pairs well with chicken adobe – crisp and delicious.

    71. Casey Layton

      Sharp and young, better for cooking.

    72. Peter Rodriguez

      Assertive and woodsy with a broad finish. Notes of banana, vanilla toast, and lemon curd. 4/5.

    73. Antonio Blank

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    74. Daniel Kerr

      Wine was too forward, lacking integration with oak and fruit. Will try again for better review.

    75. Mary Borst

      Full-bodied with balanced sweetness and acidity, great value at $22.

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    What does La Crema Russian River Chardonnay 2021 taste like?

    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    earthy, mushroom, smoke

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    cherry, raspberry, strawberry

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, vanilla, chocolate

    apple, green apple, pear

    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    blackberry, plum, dark fruit

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    pepper, cinnamon, savory

    Citrus notes found in the wine

    citrus, lemon, lemon zest

    cheese, cream, toasted bread

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    grass, asparagus, straw


    tropical, pineapple, mango

    Floral aromas found in the wine

    violet, jasmine, honeysuckle

    Food Pairing with La Crema Russian River Chardonnay 2021

    Our wine experts think this Buttery and Complex La Crema Russian River Chardonnay 2021 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!

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