THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 26: WINE DINNER WITH THE AWARD-WINNING WINES OF LA CREMA

For our next dinner we turn to one of the best-known of all the superstar wineries in California, La Crema. Join us on Thursday September 26 at 6:30 as we try five of their latest releases

CHARDONNAY- RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY

Honey-Grilled Salmon with Apple Salad

PINOT GRIS- MONTERREY

Avocado Crostini with Crabmeat

PINOT NOIR-YAM HILL

Wild Mushrooms with Ricotta Gnocchi

PINOT NOIR WILLAMETTE VALLEY

Roasted Potatoes, Crispy Berkshire Bacon and Taleggio

PINOT NOIR-DUNDEE HILLS

Braised Short Ribs with Gorgonzola Pasta

 

We will taste five of their latest releases, paired with a five-course menu. Cost for this dinner is $65 per person, including all food and wine. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED! Please call Stellina in person at 617-924-9475 to insure prompt confirmation.

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The winery’s original name, La Crema Viñera, means “best of the vine,” setting the standard for all the team has done since 1979. For more than 35 years, the family-owned and operated winery has focused exclusively on cool-climate appellations, from its original home in the Russian River Valley, to Monterey and, now, the Willamette Valley. La Crema is continually exploring these very special regions—passionate in the belief that they make uniquely expressive and elegant wines. Thorough vineyard site selection and boutique winemaking techniques ensure the consistently distinct, naturally balanced wines La Crema is committed to producing.

Since 1979, La Crema Winery has been a pioneer in producing Burgundian varietals from the cool Sonoma coast. They handcraft their wine, one barrel at a time, at their family-owned estate located in the Russian River Valley. Balance, finesse and great fruit intensity come through in every glass of La Crema wine.

La Crema’s location in the Russian River Valley is ideal for producing wines of uncompromising elegance and balance. To achieve this goal, several unique steps take place in getting fruit from the vineyards to the bottle. It begins in the vineyard, where careful canopy management and hand harvesting assure fully ripe, undamaged grapes are brought to the winery.

They handcraft their wine, one barrel at a time…

                                                        wines of uncompromising elegance and balance.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

CRAIG MCALLISTER

HEAD WINEMAKER

A New-Zealand native, Craig McAllister spent his first 20 years in Christchurch, New Zealand, then lived in London for six years.

Craig’s deep passion for winemaking has taken him all over the world, from New Zealand to Australia, Chile and Cyprus. Craig first joined the La Crema team in 2007 as the Harvest Enologist. After gaining additional experience abroad, he joined the La Crema team full-time in 2009. He has been a steward of La Crema’s Monterey program and worked extensively on the Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. He also helped to further develop La Crema’s esteemed collection of single vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. He was promoted to head winemaker in 2017.

JEN WALSH

WINEMAKER

Before joining the La Crema team in 2017, Jen was the Associate Winemaker at Benovia Winery in the Russian River Valley, where she worked with myriad heritage Pinot Noir clones from different terroirs to craft distinctive single vineyard wines. Prior to that, she worked for several other wineries throughout Napa and Sonoma. Her passion has always led her to wineries that focus on expressive, cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Jen’s favorite aspect of her job is harvest, when winemakers have a chance to leave their personal artistic expression on the wine. Her most transformative experience was working at Domaine Marquis d’Angerville in Volnay, Burgundy, where she was awarded a Tastevin scholarship. A once-in-a-lifetime experience, it will always fuel her winemaking soul.

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THE WINES

CHARDONNAY- RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY

Aromas of meyer lemon, nectarine and jasmine. Flavors of yellow plum, d’Anjou pear, tangerine and toasted hazelnut. Richly textured, velvety and concentrated with balanced acidity and subtle toast.

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PINOT GRIS- MONTEREY

“Aromas of WHITE PEACH, lemon curd and citrus blossom are followed by flavors Meyer lemon, nectarine and hints of TROPICAL fruit. The LIVELY acidity is complimented by a lingering finish with notes of minerality.”.

A REMARKABLE PLACE
The Monterey AVA consists of a long valley stretching from the uniquely cold Monterey Bay to the far Southeast reaches of the Salinas Valley. An ever-present breeze and maritime influence rise from the ocean cooling wide expanses of rolling vineyards. Fruit for this wine was sourced from seven vineyards across the Monterey appellation including our Rancho Tierra estate vineyard. Soils across all of the vineyard’s sites consist predominately of free draining loams.

It’s one of the world’s best cool-climate appellations. It’s a place for La Crema.

EXCEPTIONAL GRAPES
2018 saw a return to a more traditional coastal California growing season. Cooler winter and spring temperatures delayed and extended the timing for bloom. Fruit set well, and frost conditions were avoided through diligent vineyard management. Summer was cool and mild with rare heat spikes allowing the grapes time to develop rich and concentrated flavors. The Monterey Pinot Gris harvest began on September 14th when flavor, acidity, and sugar levels were in perfect harmony.

ARTISAN WINEMAKING

Our boutique, hands-on techniques continued into the winery.

The fruit was carefully harvested during the coolest hours of the early morning. After being picked the grapes were gently pressed then fermented in stainless steel tanks with a small portion going into neutral French oak barrels. The finished wine was left on lees for 2-3 months for added complexity and texture.

Smooth, bright, and a little exotic.

____________________________________________________________

PINOT NOIR- YAM HILL

“On the nose, LOGANBERRY, sweet pipe tobacco and hints of forest floor. Multi-layered flavors of red currant, BLACKBERRY and black CHERRY are complemented by alluring notes of clove and COCOA dust on the palate. Richly TEXTURED, fine tannins, juicy yet BALANCED acidity drives a long finish.”.

A REMARKABLE PLACE
Polished yet earthy. Pastoral yet challenging. There’s sophistication, wildness and majesty in the landscape as well as the ethos. This is Yamhill-Carlton, where coastal rain, gently rollinghillsandsomeoftheoldestsedimentarysoilsintheWillametteValleymakeforan intense — and intensely delicious — wine.

It’s one of the world’s best cool-climate appellations. It’s a place for La Crema.

EXCEPTIONAL GRAPES
A cool climate means grapes spend more time on the vine. That allows a deeper, more dramatic spectrum of flavors and aromas to develop. And that creates decidedly rich and layered wines.

Much like 2014, the 2015 growing season in the Willamette Valley will long be remembered as one of our best. Following a warmer than average winter budbreak came early in March. The warm pattern continued through spring and into summer prompting favorable conditions for fruit set and early ripening. A slightly cooler pattern in late summer was perhaps a return to a more traditional weather pattern – but bought with it the opportunity for long hang time. In many ways this was the perfect vintage.

__________________________________________________

PINOT NOIR- WILLAMETTE VALLEY

“Aromas of BLACK RASPBERRY, forest floor and cedar are followed by flavors of pomegranate, COCOA, and rich earth. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with VIBRANT acidity and refined tannins.”

A REMARKABLE PLACE
Running 120 miles North to South from Portland to Eugene, Oregon’s Willamette Valley AVA is in the Northwest corner of the state. The region is known for producing unique wines that are able to find a balance between New World and Old World expression. Boasting a Mediterranean climate with maritime influence and diverse soil types, it is no surprise that the Willamette Valley is now recognized as one of the premier Pinot Noir growing regions in the world. The fruit for this wine was sourced from eight vineyards spread across four sub-appellations of the Willamette Valley. Estate vineyards include Grain Moraine in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA as well as Zena Crown in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Clones included in the blend are 114, 115, 667, 777, 828, Pommard, and Swan.

It’s one of the world’s best cool-climate appellations. It’s a place for La Crema.

EXCEPTIONAL GRAPES
Overall, 2018 was a balanced growing season. Budbreak came in April, slightly later that pasts seasons, and was followed by a compressed bloom and veraison which put the season back on a typical schedule. Throughout the summer and early fall, conditions were ideal with warm days, cool nights, and a lack of large rainstorms. The fruit was able to reach full flavor development and was brought in at its peak.

ARTISAN WINEMAKING

Our small-batch, hands-on techniques continued into the winery.
The grapes were hand-picked and hand-sorted in the cool of the morning before being gently de-stemmed with a portion of the fruit side aside for whole cluster fermentation. The wine is cold soaked for three to five days before being inoculated with select yeast strains. During fermentation in open-top tanks, the cap is manipulated with pump-overs or punch downs up to two times a day depending on what the fruit is showing. Post-fermentation, free-run wine was settled for a minimum of two days before racking to new and used French oak barrels. The wine was aged without racking until final blending.

__________________________________________________

PINOT NOIR- DUNDEE HILLS

“Refined. Nuanced. Genuine. Raspberry, BOYSENBERRY, Sandal-wood and ROSE PETAL on the nose. RED CHERRY, blackberry flint and OOLONG TEA in the mouth. Richly concentrated yet REFINED. A touch of white peppers adds COMPLEXITY and length.”

La Crema chose a blend that they felt best displayed the classic elegance, focused acidity, earthiness and vibrant fruit of the Willamette Valley while honoring the La Crema style, which emphasizes balance and supple texture. The nose is complex with hints of violets, star anise, marionberry (an Oregon native) and bay leaf, while the palate displays more brambly fruit, coffee bean, pomegranate and candied orange zest

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 26: WINE DINNER WITH THE AWARD-WINNING WINES OF LA CREMA

For our next dinner we turn to one of the best-known of all the superstar wineries in California, La Crema. Join us on Thursday September 26 at 6:30 as we try five of their latest releases

CHARDONNAY- RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY

Honey-Grilled Salmon with Apple Salad

PINOT GRIS- MONTERREY

Avocado Crostini with Crabmeat

PINOT NOIR-YAM HILL

Wild Mushrooms with Ricotta Gnocchi

PINOT NOIR WILLAMETTE VALLEY

Roasted Potatoes, Crispy Berkshire Bacon and Taleggio

PINOT NOIR-DUNDEE HILLS

Braised Short Ribs with Gorgonzola Pasta

 

We will taste five of their latest releases, paired with a five-course menu. Cost for this dinner is $65 per person, including all food and wine. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED! Please call Stellina in person at 617-924-9475 to insure prompt confirmation.

_________________________________________

The winery’s original name, La Crema Viñera, means “best of the vine,” setting the standard for all the team has done since 1979. For more than 35 years, the family-owned and operated winery has focused exclusively on cool-climate appellations, from its original home in the Russian River Valley, to Monterey and, now, the Willamette Valley. La Crema is continually exploring these very special regions—passionate in the belief that they make uniquely expressive and elegant wines. Thorough vineyard site selection and boutique winemaking techniques ensure the consistently distinct, naturally balanced wines La Crema is committed to producing.

Since 1979, La Crema Winery has been a pioneer in producing Burgundian varietals from the cool Sonoma coast. They handcraft their wine, one barrel at a time, at their family-owned estate located in the Russian River Valley. Balance, finesse and great fruit intensity come through in every glass of La Crema wine.

La Crema’s location in the Russian River Valley is ideal for producing wines of uncompromising elegance and balance. To achieve this goal, several unique steps take place in getting fruit from the vineyards to the bottle. It begins in the vineyard, where careful canopy management and hand harvesting assure fully ripe, undamaged grapes are brought to the winery.

They handcraft their wine, one barrel at a time…

                                                        wines of uncompromising elegance and balance.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

CRAIG MCALLISTER

HEAD WINEMAKER

A New-Zealand native, Craig McAllister spent his first 20 years in Christchurch, New Zealand, then lived in London for six years.

Craig’s deep passion for winemaking has taken him all over the world, from New Zealand to Australia, Chile and Cyprus. Craig first joined the La Crema team in 2007 as the Harvest Enologist. After gaining additional experience abroad, he joined the La Crema team full-time in 2009. He has been a steward of La Crema’s Monterey program and worked extensively on the Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. He also helped to further develop La Crema’s esteemed collection of single vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. He was promoted to head winemaker in 2017.

JEN WALSH

WINEMAKER

Before joining the La Crema team in 2017, Jen was the Associate Winemaker at Benovia Winery in the Russian River Valley, where she worked with myriad heritage Pinot Noir clones from different terroirs to craft distinctive single vineyard wines. Prior to that, she worked for several other wineries throughout Napa and Sonoma. Her passion has always led her to wineries that focus on expressive, cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Jen’s favorite aspect of her job is harvest, when winemakers have a chance to leave their personal artistic expression on the wine. Her most transformative experience was working at Domaine Marquis d’Angerville in Volnay, Burgundy, where she was awarded a Tastevin scholarship. A once-in-a-lifetime experience, it will always fuel her winemaking soul.

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

THE WINES

CHARDONNAY- RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY

Aromas of meyer lemon, nectarine and jasmine. Flavors of yellow plum, d’Anjou pear, tangerine and toasted hazelnut. Richly textured, velvety and concentrated with balanced acidity and subtle toast.

____________________________________

PINOT GRIS- MONTEREY

“Aromas of WHITE PEACH, lemon curd and citrus blossom are followed by flavors Meyer lemon, nectarine and hints of TROPICAL fruit. The LIVELY acidity is complimented by a lingering finish with notes of minerality.”.

A REMARKABLE PLACE
The Monterey AVA consists of a long valley stretching from the uniquely cold Monterey Bay to the far Southeast reaches of the Salinas Valley. An ever-present breeze and maritime influence rise from the ocean cooling wide expanses of rolling vineyards. Fruit for this wine was sourced from seven vineyards across the Monterey appellation including our Rancho Tierra estate vineyard. Soils across all of the vineyard’s sites consist predominately of free draining loams.

It’s one of the world’s best cool-climate appellations. It’s a place for La Crema.

EXCEPTIONAL GRAPES
2018 saw a return to a more traditional coastal California growing season. Cooler winter and spring temperatures delayed and extended the timing for bloom. Fruit set well, and frost conditions were avoided through diligent vineyard management. Summer was cool and mild with rare heat spikes allowing the grapes time to develop rich and concentrated flavors. The Monterey Pinot Gris harvest began on September 14th when flavor, acidity, and sugar levels were in perfect harmony.

ARTISAN WINEMAKING

Our boutique, hands-on techniques continued into the winery.

The fruit was carefully harvested during the coolest hours of the early morning. After being picked the grapes were gently pressed then fermented in stainless steel tanks with a small portion going into neutral French oak barrels. The finished wine was left on lees for 2-3 months for added complexity and texture.

Smooth, bright, and a little exotic.

____________________________________________________________

PINOT NOIR- YAM HILL

“On the nose, LOGANBERRY, sweet pipe tobacco and hints of forest floor. Multi-layered flavors of red currant, BLACKBERRY and black CHERRY are complemented by alluring notes of clove and COCOA dust on the palate. Richly TEXTURED, fine tannins, juicy yet BALANCED acidity drives a long finish.”.

A REMARKABLE PLACE
Polished yet earthy. Pastoral yet challenging. There’s sophistication, wildness and majesty in the landscape as well as the ethos. This is Yamhill-Carlton, where coastal rain, gently rollinghillsandsomeoftheoldestsedimentarysoilsintheWillametteValleymakeforan intense — and intensely delicious — wine.

It’s one of the world’s best cool-climate appellations. It’s a place for La Crema.

EXCEPTIONAL GRAPES
A cool climate means grapes spend more time on the vine. That allows a deeper, more dramatic spectrum of flavors and aromas to develop. And that creates decidedly rich and layered wines.

Much like 2014, the 2015 growing season in the Willamette Valley will long be remembered as one of our best. Following a warmer than average winter budbreak came early in March. The warm pattern continued through spring and into summer prompting favorable conditions for fruit set and early ripening. A slightly cooler pattern in late summer was perhaps a return to a more traditional weather pattern – but bought with it the opportunity for long hang time. In many ways this was the perfect vintage.

__________________________________________________

PINOT NOIR- WILLAMETTE VALLEY

“Aromas of BLACK RASPBERRY, forest floor and cedar are followed by flavors of pomegranate, COCOA, and rich earth. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with VIBRANT acidity and refined tannins.”

A REMARKABLE PLACE
Running 120 miles North to South from Portland to Eugene, Oregon’s Willamette Valley AVA is in the Northwest corner of the state. The region is known for producing unique wines that are able to find a balance between New World and Old World expression. Boasting a Mediterranean climate with maritime influence and diverse soil types, it is no surprise that the Willamette Valley is now recognized as one of the premier Pinot Noir growing regions in the world. The fruit for this wine was sourced from eight vineyards spread across four sub-appellations of the Willamette Valley. Estate vineyards include Grain Moraine in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA as well as Zena Crown in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Clones included in the blend are 114, 115, 667, 777, 828, Pommard, and Swan.

It’s one of the world’s best cool-climate appellations. It’s a place for La Crema.

EXCEPTIONAL GRAPES
Overall, 2018 was a balanced growing season. Budbreak came in April, slightly later that pasts seasons, and was followed by a compressed bloom and veraison which put the season back on a typical schedule. Throughout the summer and early fall, conditions were ideal with warm days, cool nights, and a lack of large rainstorms. The fruit was able to reach full flavor development and was brought in at its peak.

ARTISAN WINEMAKING

Our small-batch, hands-on techniques continued into the winery.
The grapes were hand-picked and hand-sorted in the cool of the morning before being gently de-stemmed with a portion of the fruit side aside for whole cluster fermentation. The wine is cold soaked for three to five days before being inoculated with select yeast strains. During fermentation in open-top tanks, the cap is manipulated with pump-overs or punch downs up to two times a day depending on what the fruit is showing. Post-fermentation, free-run wine was settled for a minimum of two days before racking to new and used French oak barrels. The wine was aged without racking until final blending.

__________________________________________________

PINOT NOIR- DUNDEE HILLS

“Refined. Nuanced. Genuine. Raspberry, BOYSENBERRY, Sandal-wood and ROSE PETAL on the nose. RED CHERRY, blackberry flint and OOLONG TEA in the mouth. Richly concentrated yet REFINED. A touch of white peppers adds COMPLEXITY and length.”

La Crema chose a blend that they felt best displayed the classic elegance, focused acidity, earthiness and vibrant fruit of the Willamette Valley while honoring the La Crema style, which emphasizes balance and supple texture. The nose is complex with hints of violets, star anise, marionberry (an Oregon native) and bay leaf, while the palate displays more brambly fruit, coffee bean, pomegranate and candied orange zest

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