Wine Review: 2012 La Crema Pinot noir, Willamette Valley, OR

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This is the first vintage of Willamette Valley Pinot noir made by La Crema, one of the pioneers of cool climate winemaking from California, another fine producer in the stable of Jackson Family wines. The debut vintage is a good example of a large commercial winery succeeding in making a very good wine with massive consumer appeal. 

The wine was produced at the Dobbes Family Estate facility in Dundee (I thought I tasted a familiarity on the first sip).  La Crema selected excellent fruit from ten different vineyards, including sites found in the sub AVAs of McMinnville, Eola-Amity and Dundee Hills for this wine.

Sweet candied apple, dark berries and five-spice powder mingled with the forest floor fauna combines to create intense aromas. There is fresh brewed espresso along with expressive red fruit flavors noticeable in the mid palate. Those flavors combined with bright acidity and supple fine-grained tannins create a product that is instantly recognizable as a Willamette Valley wine. Grilled salmon or roasted duck will make a great accompaniment to this wine.

Rating: Very Good (89) | $30 | 13.5% ABV

La Crema Pinot Noir