2014 La Crema Chardonnay Sonoma Coast
Sonoma Coast, California
WB Rating: 87

Alcohol by volume: 13.5%
Price at time of purchase: $14.00 (Safeway)
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

Like the Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve or Grand Reserve, this wine (also part of the Kendall-Jackson family of wines) is made in huge quantities - Parker's newsletter says 700,000+ cases! - yet at an amazingly high and consistent quality level. I think with this much wine being made there's some small variability from bottle to bottle, but the 2014 Sonoma Coast came across impressively in this tasting. Nose and flavors suggestive of tangerine, caramel, citrus blossoms. Light touch in the mouth but with plenty of length and depth. Retails at $20+, which is certainly fair, but you can find it at places like Costco for under $15. A superb bargain that transcends its everyday price. - HK 2017-02-03


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