"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."
The best Pinot for the money that I know. This year's version is fruit forward (black cherry) without being too sweet. It is drinkable alone or with a variety of foods simple or complex.
Not sure if the bottle was off or not, but what I tasted today I did not like at all... extremely over extracted, beyond ripe... Nothing about this wine was fresh and elegant... did not like it at all