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La Crema Pinot Noir Carneros 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

With this release, our goal is to capture Los Carneros’ velvety texture, ripe cherry and deep, earthy spice. This block is planted to clones 667, Calera, Swan, 2A, Pommard and 777, which provide us with multiple layers of aromatics and complexity – particularly in this excellent growing season. At harvest time, we hand-picked the fruit in the cool, early morning – the grapes arriving within hours at the winery in small, half-ton boxes. After destemming, the must was left to rest for five days with 70% whole berries in tank. This cold soak at 48°F extracted intense color from the skins. To fully capture the fruit’s radiant, deep red tones in the glass, fermentation took place in open top tanks. Rather than utilizing pump overs, we gently pushed the cap of skins down several times each¬ day to extract just the right amount of color and velvety tannin texture from the skins and seeds. When fermentation was complete, the wine was racked to French oak barrels (33% new) for nine months of barrel aging. The wine was not racked out of barrel until blending just prior to bottling

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La Crema Winery:
La Crema was founded in 1979 and quickly established itself as a pioneer for intensely flavored Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from cool climate. Continuing this tradition, La Crema pursues the ultimate expression of the Russian River Valley, Carneros and Anderson Valley by handcrafting wines of distinctive flavor which achieve elegance and balance. The La Crema Winery itself is not open to the p... Read more
La Crema was founded in 1979 and quickly established itself as a pioneer for intensely flavored Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from cool climate. Continuing this tradition, La Crema pursues the ultimate expression of the Russian River Valley, Carneros and Anderson Valley by handcrafting wines of distinctive flavor which achieve elegance and balance. The La Crema Winery itself is not open to the public, however we encourage you to visit our beautiful new Tasting Room located in Healdsburg, California - the heart of Sonoma County Wine Country. Read less

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Here at La Crema, we’re passionate when it comes to terroir. Technically, it means the absolutely unique characteristics of a site – soil, wind, temperature, cosmic influences, neighboring lavender fields, distance from the sea. In another sense, it simply means that one wine cannot be duplicated anywhere else. Our Appellation wines are built on this concept. A bit of alchemy, a dash of Mother Nature, a healthy dose of craftsmanship – all play a key role in these limited releases.

With this release, our goal is to capture Los Carneros’ velvety texture, ripe cherry and deep, earthy spice. This block is planted to clones 667, Calera, Swan, 2A, Pommard and 777, which provide us with multiple layers of aromatics and complexity – particularly in this excellent growing season. At harvest time, we hand-picked the fruit in the cool, early morning – the grapes arriving within hours at the winery in small, half-ton boxes. After destemming, the must was left to rest for five days with 70% whole berries in tank. This cold soak at 48°F extracted intense color from the skins. To fully capture the fruit’s radiant, deep red tones in the glass, fermentation took place in open top tanks. Rather than utilizing pump overs, we gently pushed the cap of skins down several times each¬ day to extract just the right amount of color and velvety tannin texture from the skins and seeds. When fermentation was complete, the wine was racked to French oak barrels (33% new) for nine months of barrel aging. The wine was not racked out of barrel until blending just prior to bottling

2745 Cases produced.

Notes: 33% New French Barrels

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.74
Sugar: 0.6 grams per liter Total Acidity: 5.1 grams per liter

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