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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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Member Reviews for La Crema Pinot Noir Carneros

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Snooth User: jennifer vaughn
109244076
3.00 5
Vintage: 2011 05/12/2013

Three glasses


Snooth User: shsim
10326661,287
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 07/15/2012

This was part of a Sonoma County trip to Healdsburg/Russian River for some wine tasting fun! This had more of a stronger fruity nose. Fruit forward with hints of berries and cherries, this was a little flat and could use more acid especially with the strong tannins and good spices. Lingers for awhile. For more please visit http://dionyshius.blogspot.com/2012/07/russian-river-healdsburg.html


Snooth User: shsim
10326661,287
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 07/15/2012

This was part of a Sonoma County trip to Healdsburg/Russian River for some wine tasting fun! Good nose. Light and smooth with hints of dark cherry, minerality and spices. This was overall great except for the good finish with bitter tannins. For more please visit http://dionyshius.blogspot.com/2012/07/russian-river-healdsburg.html


Snooth User: abeth
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 04/14/2010

A good, drinkable wine. Someone described it as a wine to bring to someone's house.


Snooth User: bwilley
3685319
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 08/18/2009

This is one of my favorite under $30 staples. I must have one of these in my collection at a given moment. Fabulously delicious.


Snooth User: stonew508
9265010
0.00 5
Vintage: 2007 04/12/2009

I tried this as a desperate attempt to experience a $60 wine for under 30. Success!!!


Snooth User: vincepascoe
1034998
5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 12/04/2008

first had this in Lone pine on a shoot...Loved it ever since best Pinot Noir for under $50...sometimes can be found at costco...good deal


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External Reviews for La Crema Pinot Noir Carneros

Vintage: 2008 11/12/2010

Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Middling in depth and middling in focus and always finding just enough fruit at its heart to gain commendation, this wine mixes ripe cherry notes with a hint of vineyard soils and a whisper of a green twig element in its aromas. Piquant red cherry fruit follows a slightly rounded entry, and the wine stays on the bright, just a tad tight side all the way to the end.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.


Vintage: 2008 07/05/2011

"Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Middling in depth and middling in focus and always finding just enough fruit at its heart to gain commendation


External Review
Vintage: 2008 02/23/2012

The outstanding 2008 Pinot Noir Los Carneros reveals abundant damp earth, beet root vegetable, plum, black cherry and black currant characteristics that offer considerable complexity. Sweet tannins are present in this medium to full-bodied, velvety-t... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2008 Crema, La Pinot Noir Los Carneros 1500ml


External Review
Vintage: 2007 12/13/2008

Winemaker Notes - Aromas of ripe cherry, cocoa, anise and rich baking spices. Plush flavors of cherry, plum and pomegranate meld with hints of delicate tea leaf. Structured, balanced acidity and elegant, firm tannins round out the mouth.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Silver Medal


External Review
Vintage: 2007 03/05/2009

An oak aged Pinot Noir (25% new) that's full of pretty red berried fruit and a touch of spice. La Crema has been making wines in the cool vineyards of the Sonoma Coast since 1979.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 10/15/2009

Aromas of ripe cherry, cocoa, anise and rich baking spices. Plush flavors of cherry, plum and pomegranate meld with hints of delicate tea leaf. Structured, balanced acidity and elegant, firm tannins round out the mouth.


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Tasting Notes:

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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