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Date Printed: 10/23/2014
La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2007
La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 98069)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/23/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"This inaugural vintage of Monterey Pinot Noir offers seductive aromas of wild strawberry and fresh tea leaves...subtle notes of earthiness and minerality complement the fruit-driven intensity in the nose. The palate provides layered flavors of strawberry jam and black licorice, with hints of coffee bean and bramble notes that lead to a long and fleshy finish."
- Melissa Stackhouse, La Crema Winemaker

The vineyards of Monterey are defined by persistent ocean winds, giving this region one of the longest, coolest growing seasons in California. Strong winds combine with an abundance of fog and sun, but scarce rainfall. Skillful vineyard management is rewarded at harvest time, where the best Monterey fruit is characterized by aromatic and textural complexity with crisp, firm structure.

"A lovely Pinot, polished and supple. Ready to drink now for its crisp acidity, lush coats of smoky oak and, above all, exotically complex flavors of cherry pie filling, black raspberry tart, cola, red plum and mocha. Should evolve through 2012."
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About La Crema:

Since 1979, La Crema Winery has been a pioneer in producing Burgundian varietals from the cool Sonoma coast. They handcraft their wine, one barrel at a time, at their family-owned estate located in the Russian River Valley. Balance, finesse and great fruit intensity come through in every glass of La Crema wine.

La Crema's location in the Russian River Valley is ideal for producing wines of uncompromising elegance and balance. To achieve this goal, several unique steps take place in getting fruit from the vineyards to the bottle. It begins in the vineyard, where careful canopy management and hand harvesting assure fully ripe, undamaged grapes are brought to the winery. At the winery, Winemaker Melissa Stackhouse uses artisan winemaking techniques to handcraft wines of distinctive flavor, elegance and balance.