La Crema Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2012
Fruit for this wine was selected from cool vineyard sites within the Sonoma Coast boundaries – all within 30 miles of the Paciﬁc Ocean. To ensure the clusters arrived at the press intact, fruit was picked in the cool, early morning hours and delivered to the winery within hours of coming off the vine. To capture the juicy, fresh fruit character of the grapes, clusters were hand-sorted and carefully de-stemmed, then cold soaked for three to four days at 48° F to intensify color and ﬂavors. Fermentation took place in small, open-top tanks; the cap was punched down into the juice up to three times each day to gently extract color and structure. With minimal post-fermentation maceration, the wines were basket pressed and racked to French oak barrels (26% new) for six months, adding additional layers of spice, texture and vanilla notes. Wines were racked out of barrel only once for blending just prior to bottling. Lots were kept separate until this time to ensure our winemaking team had a broad palette of aroma, ﬂavor and structural components to work with when layering together the ﬁnal blend
This is the oft touted Pinot Noir from Sonoma. A big wine with a strong nose of oak, earth, and cherries. On the palate, cherries, tobacco, and new oak. Also has a very nice chocolate undertone. The star of this Pinot, though, is the velvety tannins and long finish. The wine has medium plus complexity with well balanced acidity. I wish this could be an everyday drinker, although at $20/bottle its not yet in my range.
External Reviews for La Crema Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
This exceptional release offers up vibrant red cherry aromas that mingle with alluring cola, sweet spice and coffee bean tones. The palate is generous - reecting this vintage's near-perfect ripening conditions. Brambly fruit flavors combine with black licorice and classic earthy notes. Excellent concentration and mature, beautifully textured tannins create a broad, supple mouthfeel that lingers well into the back palate.
The 2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir offers aromas of lush cherry and red plum, with subtle hints of black tea and cola. On the palate, avors are ripe and elegant, centering on red cherry and spice with a touch of earthiness and dark chocolate. A rich, juicy mid-palate and vivid acidity lead to plush tannins on the finish.
Always a favorite. Lots of cherry cola and violet notes. Light- to medium-bodied with a clean finish.
This exceptional release offers up vibrant red cherry aromas that mingle with alluring cola, sweet spice and coffee bean tones. The palate is generous - re ecting this vintage's near-perfect ripening conditions. Brambly fruit avors combine with black licorice and classic earthy notes. Excellent concentration and mature, beautifully textured tannins create a broad, supple mouthfeel that lingers well into the back palate. - ELIZABETH GRANT-DOUGLAS, WINEMAKER Type of Oak: 98% French (26% new) Medium, medium-plus toast levelsTime in Barrel: 6 monthsAlcohol: 13.9%T.A.: 0.56g / 100mLpH: 3.74R.S.: 0.06 g/ 100mL
Presents a tight beam of cherry-laced gravel, dried herb and cedar notes, ending clean and vibrant. Drink now through 2020.
Redolent with layered, beautifully nuanced aromas of fresh Morello cherries, violets and black licorice. Vibrant red plum and cranberry join in on the palate, with notes of tea leaves, orange zest and cocoa. A juicy, complex mid-palate leads to a lengthy spice-driven finish.
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Since 1979, La Crema has crafted the traditional wine varietals of Burgundy in the cool vineyards of the Sonoma Coast. This coastal region’s boundary begins at the Mendocino County border, continues along the western coastal edge of Sonoma County through the mouth of the Russian River Valley; and extends to the Los Carneros region on the southern Sonoma/Napa border. Our Sonoma Coast wines are a tribute to the tremendously fresh, concentrated and layered palette of ﬂavors offered by these coastal vineyards. Crafted one barrel at a time at our family-owned winery, Sonoma Coast wines offer exceptional balance and fruit intensity.
Notes: 26% New French Oak
|Alcohol: 13.9%||pH: 3.74|
|Sugar: 0.6 grams per liter||Total Acidity: 5.6 grams per liter|