La Crema Winery Healdsburg Reviews
a little taste May 21, 2010
This place is indeed owned by 'two sisters’. In case you missed their shared name of 'Jackson' these are the daughters of billionaire wine magnate Jess Jackson, of Kendall-Jackson.
It appears that tasting rooms w/out vineyards exist frequently these days. There are 20+ in downtown Healdsburg. La Crema has a great wine facility in Windsor, because of zoning where it is, it’s not used as a tasting room.
Not all La Crema wines can be purchased at Safeway; some of their best don't make broad retail. These are what you should be asking to try at the winery, and buying. As a rule of thumb don't buy at big production wineries what you can buy retail, you won't save money, as they won't compete with the retail distributors.
The small lot Pinot Noirs were quite good, and completely changed my perception of La Crema. If you are in downtown Healdsburg and want to taste wine near the Square, and like Pinot and Chardonnay, this is a good stop. They do offer Complimentary tastings in the small store in a really modern setting in downtown. I does get kind of tight at the counter when a lot of people begin to enter. They do have a plasma TV playing in the tasting room which can become annoying while trying to converse with others.
I personally enjoyed the reds more than the whites. After the tasting, I only purchased one bottle. Most of the wines are pretty pricey and they didn’t really stand out that much to me.
The tasting room is modernly decorated in finishes of white, alabaster, and light wood tones, accented by fashionable shelving and displays. Even the high-end glassware deviates from typical/common stemware. All Reidel. The staff appears young and hip, altogether knowledgeable and fun. Caleb was the pourer today and he was a less arrogant than they manager who spent most of his time in his office.
Of the wines I was treated to a taste of, none were particularly noteworthy except for the Pinot Gris and Syrah. I actually prefer red wines, but the Pinot Gris was quite crisp and citrus and the Syrah was markedly better than either the Noir or Noir Rose...
For the atmosphere and experience, La Crema is a great stop along an afternoon's wine walk, though I would visit early along your tour
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