2016 La Crema Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Year: 2016
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Country: USA - Oregon
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 91+
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Expressive and well-structured, with lively and layered raspberry, violet and flint notes, finishing with refined tannins. Drink now through 2024. 14,339 cases made. -T.F." (WS)

"Medium to deep ruby-purple in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir has an open, deep nose of black cherries, cassis, blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry jam with notes of spice, wood smoke, underbrush and earth. Medium-bodied, it packs in the ripe, dark blue and black fruits in the mouth with a soft frame of new oak spice and earthy nuances. It offers grainy tannins and juicy acidity, finishing long with sweet fruit and spice. This is a bigger, richer style, but it's very nicely done. 14,300 cases produced." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Our small-batch, hands-on techniques continued into the winery. The grapes were hand-picked, hand-sorted and gently destemmed. The juice was cold-soaked for three days at 48 degrees then fermented in open-top tanks and punched down 2-3 times per day during active fermentation. Post-fermentation free run was then transferred to tanks for one night of settling before racking to new and used French oak barrels. Fruit was sourced from eight exquisite vineyards in the Willamette Valley, including the sub AVAs of Yamhill-Carlton (58%), Eola- Amity Hills (40%) and small percentages of Ribbon Ridge, Dundee Hills and Chehalem Mountains.

“BLACKBERRY, violets, CLOVE and cocoa powder in the nose. Dark plum, COFFEE bean, rich EARTH and red currant on the palate. Soft, supple tannins from perfectly ripe fruit kept fresh by juicy, balanced acidity.” -ELIZABETH GRANT-DOUGLAS, WINEMAKER

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