La Crema was established in 1979 in the Russian River Valley. Expansion over the years resulted in additional land in Los Carneros, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast and Monterey.
Owned by wine giant Kendall Jackson since 1993, La Crema is easily found in most wine stores and many restaurants. The winery itself is not open for visits but has a tasting room in downtown Healdsburg.
Elizabeth Grant-Douglas was recently promoted to winemaker and the 2011′s will be the first to bear her signature. She replaces ten year winemaker Melissa Stackhouse who she had worked under for many years. Given that consistency is a trademark for this brand, it will be interesting to see if any changes result.
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
La Crema’s Sonoma Coast vineyard is characterized by a climate cooled by ocean wind and fog. The slow ripening of the pinot noir grapes allows for an extended hang time, resulting in higher acidity.
After handpicking, the grapes ares cold soaked for 5 to 8 days then aged after fermentation in French oak barrels (26% new). The cold soaking creates a deep red ruby colored wine.
This medium bodied wine gives off cherries on the nose and palate. A touch of of spice and vanilla from the oak barrels imparts a nice finish. The high acidity makes this a very food friendly and accessible wine and will appeal to most wine drinkers. Can you do better for the price? I think so, although this isn’t a bad option to please a crowd.
- Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
- Alcohol: 13.8%
- Retail price: $24.00
- From: Sonoma Coast, CA