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LA CREMA UPDATE -- LATEST RELEASE OF THREE OF THEIR TOP OFFERINGS



by Andrew Chalk



We reported on the evolution of La Crema last December. The winery has expanded its range of vineyards outside its Russian River roots but pretty much kept to its focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. We received samples of the latest releases of gthree of their top pinot noir expressions. In summary, these wines continue the winery’s pattern of producing excellent top-tier wines. Sure, they may be known for their value-for-money Russian River and Sonoma Coast appellation wide offerings, but buyers should consider trading up to these distinctive single vineyard offerings.


La Crema 2017 Pinot Noir ‘Fog Veil’, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA ($65)

Made from clones 777, 667, 115. Pommard, and Flowers grown in Huchica loam.Aged a minimum of 15 months in French oak (36% new).


Appearance: Translucent ruby;


Nose: Forest floor, cherry, tomato leaf, savory notes;


Palate: Rich juicy red fruit of raspberries and strawberries. Fruit-driven finish;


La Crema, 2016 Pinot Noir ‘Saralee’s Vineyard’, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA ($55)

Made from clones 115, 777, 667 grown in goldridge soil and sandy loam. Aged minimum of 9 months in French oak (34% new).


Appearance: Translucent ruby;


Nose: Raspberry compote, strawberries, ;


Palate: Structured with red fruit flavors. ;


La Crema 2017 Pinot Noir ‘Sealift Vineyard’, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, CA ($60)

Made from clones 777, 667, 37, 115, Arendell, Pommard grown in Huchica, Yolo and gravelly loam. Aged 11 months in French oak (30% new).


Appearance: Translucent ruby;


Nose: Raspberry, mocha, herbs (rosemary, marjoram);


Palate: Structured with red fruit flavors (raspberry) and well integrated oak;



Samples


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