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La Crema Pinot Noir Monterey 2012
Vineyard blocks were kept separate through fermentation. Whole cluster berries were gently handled to capture the juicy, fresh fruit character of the grapes, then cold soaked for four days at 48°F to intensify color and ﬂavors. The wine was aged 6 months in 94% French oak (26% new) with toast levels ranging from medium to medium-plus. The wine was racked once out of barrel prior to ﬁnal blending.
The wine is a lighter color in the glass, quite typical of pinot noir. The nose is classic pinot, tart fruit notes, cherry and blackberry, and a hint of leather and tar. The taste is warm and pleasant, makes me feel like I'm enjoying a nice summer evening on the patio. Very nice fruit, blueberry and strawberry notes with some nice minerality midpalate. The finish is quite nice with some tartness but very smooth and dry, very creamy and quite reminiscent of many Oregon pinots. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2013/12/2012-la-crema-monterey-pinot-noir.html
External Reviews for La Crema Pinot Noir Monterey
Bright red. Spicy red berries and rose on the nose, with a hint of smokiness in the background. Offers tangy strawberry and redcurrant flavors and a hint of cola, with a white pepper nuance adding bite. Finishes lively and focused, leaving behind sweet red fruit liqueur and orange peel notes behind. I like the blend of succulence and tanginess here.
Well done in a balanced style, with a mix of ripe berry, plum and light creamy oak. The tannins are laced with crushed rock and cedar details. Drink now through 2020.
La Crema is a pioneer in cool-climate artisan winemaking. From our home in the Russian River Valley, we have explored California’s ﬁnest coastal growing regions to uncover vineyards where cooling coastal wind and fog allow the grapes to ripen slowly on the vine, developing complex aromas and ﬂavors. This quest has led us north into the rugged hills of Mendocino and south along the wind-swept slopes of Los Carneros, all the way to the cool benchlands of Monterey, where beautifully textured Pinot Noir makes a natural addition to our portfolio.
Notes: 26% New French Oak
|Sugar: 0.6 grams per liter||Total Acidity: 5.4 grams per liter|