La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2009
Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
The 2009 vintage was particularly smooth from start to finish. Budbreak arrived on schedule in the spring, and we saw lower than average rainfall. Healthy flowering led to a very even set, with few heat spikes during the season. Timely veraison and cooler weather later in the season allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and spend additional time on the vine. The Pinot Noir in Monterey lasted a full 8 weeks, beginning in September and lasting all the way into October. By all accounts, 2009 appears to be an outstanding vintage.
In the glass, brooding, earthy aromas meld with juicy ripe plum, punctuated by lovely notes of black tea. The palate echoes the plum-filled nose, joined by black licorice and cocoa powder. A subtle earthiness leads to a generous, fleshy mid-palate and a smooth, mineral-laced finish.
Wine Enthusiast - "A rich, vital, complex Pinot Noir. Completely dry, with a savory scour of acidity, it treads a fine line between ripe cherries and pomegranates and earthier notes of mushrooms and dried herbs. Lots of terroir in this fine wine, which will take a few years of bottle age."
La Crema Winery
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. View all La Crema Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4 }div>4 out of 5 stars
- 5 Stars: 8
- 4 Stars: 12
- 3 Stars: 4
- 2 Stars: 2
- 1 Stars: 0
28 ratings, 5 with reviewsStephen Bazzano - Vernon Rockville, CT31/14/2012
Very tight and acidic out of the bottle. Nose of berry and pencil lead but piercing. By 3rd day under vacuum the wine toned down and became less acidic. Flavors of dark berry with nose becoming softer. Needs time!312/14/2011A decent Pinot. A very good value.412/10/2011
- Earthy & Spicy
7+ yes medium body, very good nose, round, complex and full in flavor, fruity and earthy notes, medium-long finish, drink within 2 days, too expensiveJenn Helm - Boise, ID23/4/2012Laura McKinney - Searcy, AR52/18/2012CLo The Grape - Carlsbad, CA52/2/201241/16/201241/4/201241/4/2012Amanda Howard - Castle Rock, CO412/30/2011412/18/2011
- Smooth & Supple
Medium bodied, smooth, hints of blackberry with a little spice. Dry finish. I had it with pork and it paired nicely. Casual.Robert Vizza - San Francisco, CA512/15/2011Robert Vizza - San Francisco, CA412/11/2011zansimma - Saint Louis, MO512/8/2011512/8/2011sultans - Cleveland, OH212/7/2011toxik - Fremont, CA311/16/2011Jerah White - Kansas City, MO311/12/2011Esmerelda99 - Boston, MA59/9/2011Tri_WineGirl - Cape Coral, FL58/21/2011Michael Hoeh - New York, NY48/18/2011pmciii - New York, NY45/21/201144/26/2011really like allooootttt
- Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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