2011 La Crema Pinot Noir Russian River

Year: 2011
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 91+
Vinous Media: 90
Connoisseurs' Guide: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"The 2011 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley stands out in this lineup for its sensual, layered personality. At the same time, there is plenty of delineation in the glass. Floral notes are woven throughout, adding an element of lift, precision and pure nuance. In 2011, the Russian River Pinot is all about persistence and definition. It is a beautiful wine, especially within its price range. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018." (WA)

"($40) Vivid ruby. Dark berries, cherry-vanilla, roasted coffee, potpourri and underbrush on the perfumed nose. Creamy and expansive on the palate, offering sweet black raspberry and cherry compote flavors and an exotic note of candied rose. Silky tannins come up with air, adding grip to the juicy, nicely persistent finish." (IWC)

"Very nicely crafted, keenly focused red cherry fruit scents with a distinctive wild flower overlay and a kiss of rich oak set the stage for this full and supple effort, fairly open effort, and its ripe, fairly juicy flavors follow suit from front to back. It is invitingly friendly even now, and while it has the balance and depth to hold well in bottle, it is also quite easy to drink today. Still, for those with the will, it can age for few years yet. Reviewed: June 2013" (CG)

Winery Notes:
The delicate Pinot Noir fruit was picked in the cool, early morning – the grapes arriving within hours at the winery in small, half-ton boxes. Fruit was gently de-stemmed, leaving 70% whole berries in the tank. The rest was left to cold soak at 48°F for five days; this extracts a luminous, deep ruby color from the skins. We fermented the juice in open top tanks, gently pushing the cap down up to three times a day to extract color and velvety texture from the skins. After fermentation, we transferred the free run wine to tank for a single night of settling before racking to 100% French oak (31% new) for ten months of aging. Following our philosophy of gentle, minimal handling, the wine was not pulled from barrels until blending just prior to bottling.

"Dense but supple, the texture of the 2011 Russian River displays the sort of fine, mature tannins that are only possible in years with extensive hang time. The nose is rich with top notes of black licorice and cola while on the palate, juicy blackberry and pie cherry are layered with cocoa and hints of molasses. The overall impression is of balance between the fresh dark fruit elements and the almost sweet spicy influences." -Elizabeth Grant-Douglas, Winemaker