For more than 30 years, La Crema has explored California’s coastal appellations, a voyage of varietals that started here at our estate in the foggy vineyards of the Russian River Valley. On our journey, we have found exciting cool-climate vineyards north in the rugged hills of Mendocino, and south along the wind-swept slopes of Los Carneros. Most recently, our exploration has taken us to the wind-swept hillside vineyards of Monterey. Centered always on the dual lens of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, we look for one unifying factor at these exceptional sites: coastal wind and fog that allow the grapes ripen slowly on the vine, developing intensely complex aromas and flavors while retaining firm acid structure. Naturally, our winemaking team seeks to express the essence of the terroir in our wines, capturing the unique personality and flavor profile of the vineyards. Elizabeth Grant-Douglas infuses our winemaking regime with a highly personal touch that combines the best of traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques with a contemporary California style. Vivid, crisp and bright, Kendall-Jackson AVANT® delivers a fresh and dynamic take on Chardonnay. Cold fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks and neutral oak barrels helps to preserve the vibrance of the fruit’s character. Stainless steel tanks retain fresh, fruit flavors of green apple and lemon drop, while the subtle use of neutral oak adds a graceful structure.
This special release offers up lively pie cherry aromas that mingle with alluring cocoa, allspice and black tea notes. Flavors of pomegranate combine with red plum and orange zest to deliver a well-balanced Sonoma Coast blend. Fine tannins and good concentration create a broad, supple mouthfeel that lingers well into the back palate.