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La Crema - Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015

Information

  • Country: USA
  • Wine Region: California
  • Wine Area: Monterey
  • Wine Maker: Elizabeth Grant-Douglas
  • Grape: Pinot Noir
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.9%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2019
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 87 (2013) VS: 89 (2011) WS: 86 (2013) WE: 91 (2013) KWG: 90 (2013) NM: 92 (2013) Misc: 4 Stars (2012)

Wine tasting notes

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

Winery Information

La Crema

La Crema Winery is a family-owned estate in the Russian River Valley that specializes in handcrafted, Burgundian style Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from cool climate vineyards in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Established in 1979, the winery has never allowed visitors, but the label quickly gained a reputation for quality and is a label you can always count on for consistently fine wines. The owners are Laura Jackson-Giron and her sister Jennifer Jackson.Several winemakers developed the La Crema.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013)87 pts

Oct 2015 - Robert Parker - My favorite was the least expensive, the 2013 Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast, which is a 390,000-case cuvée of 100% Pinot Noir aged eight months in 21% new French oak. This wine shows plenty of rose petal and strawberry notes intermixed with root beer and earth. Medium-bodied, it has lovely, sweet tannin and plenty of currants and plums. Drink it over the next 1-2 years.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2011)89 pts

Vivid ruby-red. Spice- and floral-accented aromas and flavors of raspberry and cherry, with a hint of orange zest coming up with air. Juicy and precise, with firm grip and sneaky back-end sweetness. Clings nicely on the finish, which leaves sweet red fruit preserve and floral notes behind. There are 194,000 cases of this wine to go around. -- Stephen Tanzer

Wine Spectator (2013)86 pts

Dec 2015 - A light style in terms of color, body and depth, with modest, easy-drinking flavors of smoky plum and spicy berry. Ends simple.

Wine Enthusiast (2013)91 pts

This is an impressive wine at the price and production level, a great go-to for multiple occasions. It delivers earthy, candied strawberry around a light, bright core, remaining soft and smooth in texture and intensity, finishing with a tease of milk chocolate. — V.B. (11/1/2015)

Ken's Wine Guide (2013)90 pts

This bright red colored Pinot Noir from La Crema opens a red raspberry and pomegranate bouquet with a hint of dried cranberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied and nicely balanced between its acidity and fruit. Those fruit flavors are a tasty blend of strawberry and red raspberry along with nicely integrated mild oak. I also detected some hints of black plum and minerality as well. The finish is dry and subtly fades away. This Pinot is very food friendly and would be a very good glass pour in a wine bar. I would pair it with smoked salmon on toasted garlic baguette slices. Enjoy - Ken

Natalie McLean (2013)92 pts

Beautifully balanced and vibrant. Ripe and tart cherry aromas: love that this doesn't lead with chocolate for oak aging. Thank-you. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled lamb sirloin with cocoa rub, veal chops, grilled duck sausages, grilled pork tenderloin with cauliflower purée and cherry compote.

Miscellaneous (2012)4 stars

Reverse Wine Snob - "Highly recommended - The 2012 La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir begins with very pleasant aromas of red and black cherry, cola, roasted coffee and vanilla. The wine tastes wonderfully smooth, balanced and is full of flavors of black cherry cola, strawberry, a little earth and oak. This is a super easy and fun to drink wine. A nice streak of spice, licorice and even a little citrus zest lead into the dry, very long finish. Excellent!"

Vinification Notes

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.