The wine industry is increasingly under the spotlight for inclusivity and diversity. So, it's refreshing to hear of an initiative from Jackson Family Wines that shines a light on women's rights and achievements.
Barbara Banke, Chairman & Proprietor, has spent the last two decades leading the company she co-founded with her late husband, wine icon Jess Jackson. Within their portfolio of wineries, Cambria Estate in Santa Barbara, La Crema in Sonoma and Freemark Abbey in Napa all have female winemakers. With this in mind, Jackson Family Wines is proud to dedicate a selection of wines to mark International Women's Day.
Taking place on March 8th, International Women's Day (IWD) is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political successes of women. It's a day dedicated to celebrating female empowerment, supporting and sustaining women in business in 2021 and beyond.
La Crema has been part of Jackson Family Wines since 1993. It was originally founded in 1979 in the Russian River Valley before the region had become renowned for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The winery then expanded its vineyards to include other esteemed Californian sites, including Sonoma and Monterey.
Winemaker Jen Walsh grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and holds a Master's degree in 'Viticulture and Enology' from the University of California Davis. Before joining the La Crema team in 2017, she had worked at Elk Run, a small estate winery in Maryland and several wineries throughout Napa and Sonoma. She was also Associate Winemaker at Benovia Winery in the Russian River Valley. Here she worked with myriad heritage Pinot Noir clones from different terroirs to craft distinctive single vineyard wines. Her most transformative experience was working at Domaine Marquis d'Angerville in Volnay, Burgundy, where she was awarded a Tastevin scholarship.
Jen Walsh is passionate about wineries that focus on expressive, cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. La Crema's Sonoma Coast wines fit that description perfectly.
Among the wines chosen to celebrate International Women's Day is La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018.
One of Sonoma County's largest AVAs, the Sonoma Coast Appellation stretches from the San Pablo Bay in the South to Mendocino County line to the North. It runs primarily along the mountainous coastline of the Pacific Ocean.
A sprawling growing region, the Sonoma Coast AVA is known for its strong maritime influence. This provides a cool growing climate throughout the year with fog moderating warmer summer temperatures. With its unique geography and climate, the Sonoma Coast has proven itself to be one of the world's premier Chardonnay producing regions.
Following the extreme rainfall and heat spikes of 2017, the following year marked a return to more typical conditions in Northern California. Importantly, grapes ripened slowly giving the desired long hangtime on the vine, promoting flavour development and retention of natural acidity. The 2018 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay harvest started on September 15th.
Various Chardonnay clones were used for this wine, sourced from different vineyards with predominantly free-draining and low vigour soils. The wine spent seven months in barrel, split between 75% French and 25% American oak, with 17% new. ABV is 13.5%.
Colour: bright, light gold.
Nose: aromas of pineapple chunks 🍍, peach 🍑, citrus 🍋 and vanilla with hints of musky, woody spice.
Palate: juicy notes of white peach 🍑, pineapple 🍍 and baked apple with vanilla custard, soft spice, slightly smoky, toasty oak and a touch of grilled grapefruit on the lingering finish.
Food match: versatile with a variety of food, including chicken stroganoff, grilled chicken, scallops, vegetarian risottos and pasta dishes.
La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018 is available from Fareham Wine Cellar for £21 per bottle.