La Crema Sonoma Pinot Noir 2008
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. Making Pinot Noir is a bit of a fool's quest. Its temperamental and fragile nature makes it a challenge from vine to bottle. A notorious failure in many places, Pinot only reveals its brilliance in tiny, specific cool-climate pockets of the world. Russian River Valley is one of them. Cool coastal fog rolls over the vineyards each day and the Pinot Noir ripens at a leisurely pace in the moderate climate. Concentrated, small berries literally burst with flavor, wrapped up in heady spice and plush, round texture. The Russian River Pinot Noir offers aromas of dark plum and black cherry, with hints of rose petal and orange peel. Hedonistic in flavors...brooding black cherry, cocoa and spice...plush texture, with broad tannins and a lingering, juicy fruit finish
Had this with Thanksgiving dinner, yesterday, We also had some Chardonnay, Cabernet and Beaujolais Nouveau. So, any evaluation I offer would be quite tanted. I have to say, though, that I thought it was the best wine we had.
A very good bottle. Very well balanced and a pleasing finish. The finish is so good that it almost prevents me from taking another sip. Almost.
Good with turkey
Not a bad pinot. seemed suprisingly buttery in the finish.
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If you are a regular for a glass of wine after along day, this fits the bill. Smooth and well balanced. Easy on the pallet.
Cherry hues, vanilla, lighter oak than many pinot noirs I have tasted, soft and smooth. Also high in resveratrol if you are looking for a health related red.
External Reviews for La Crema Sonoma Pinot Noir
Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Creamy and youthfully buoyant fruit redolent of red cherries and strawberries makes the early going in the aromas of this full, rich wine while toasty oak adds its own bit of range. Slightly round, direct and medium in depth, the wine does a good job of staying the course from entry to finish. Its youth and depth are going to hold it in good stead for several years.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.
"Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Creamy and youthfully buoyant fruit redolent of red cherries and strawberries makes the early going in the aromas of this full
Good intensity, with smoky orange peel, dried cherry, raspberry and spice. Lively acidity and well-integrated tannins. Drink now through 2006.
Aromas of sweet cherries, cocoa and spice waft up even before you bring the glass to your nose, and you are not disappointed when you finally take the wine into your mouth. Juicy, rich, ripe fruits dominate the palate, gently tempered by a toasty spice. A classic California Pinot, perfectly balanced without the over-the-top alcohol levels many seem to have these days. This is a real crowd pleaser - soft and fruity, yet dry and food-friendly. An all-around wonderful wine!
Delicate in style, with spicy cherry, raspberry and elegant earthy nuances. An excellent value. Drink now through 2006.
The 2001 Pinot Noir Estate Carneros exhibits more underbrush, forest floor and cinnamon characteristics along with straightforward cherry and strawberry fruit. This medium-bodied Pinot is meant for immediate consumption.
Aromas of black cherry, licorice and anise. Rich, ripe cherry and plum flavors, with hints of leather and tar; balanced acidity and sturdy tannins round out the mouth. A beautifully crafted and affordable Pinot Noir.