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Senior editor James Suckling joined Wine Spectator in 1981 and retired in 2010. As European bureau chief, he was based in Tuscany and tasted the wines of Italy, Bordeaux and Port.
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A Full-Bodied California White

La Crema Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2006

James Suckling
Posted: January 6, 2009

I had dinner with my family in Southern California during the first week in January, and we drank a 2006 La Crema Chardonnay Sonoma Coast ($19.99) with steamed asparagus and fried eggs that delivered plenty of vanilla, apple pie character with a full body and a creamy texture. It was a little one-dimensional, but I thought it was a solid white for a good price. I scored it 88 points, non-blind.

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