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La Crema Los Carneros Pinot Noir 750mL

La Crema Los Carneros Pinot Noir 750mL

Region USA
Appellation Sonoma

Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir


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Wine Profile

Tasting Notes This is a deep, concentrated Pinot that boasts notes of cherries, baking spice, pipe tobacco, forest floor and leather on the nose. The palate opens up to coffee beans, dark plums and cloves lingering onto a concentrated finish with broad tannins.
Vineyard Notes Straddling the Napa/Sonoma County line, the Carneros hills roll up from the shores of the San Pablo Bay. The unique factor here is wind – a relentless cooling force that charges up the rolling hillsides. With this release, our goal is to capture Los Carneros Pinot Noir's velvety texture, ripe cherry and deep, earthy spice. For this vintage, we harvested primarily from one of our favorite Los Carneros estate Pinot Noir blocks – Ahmann – found just two miles from the bay on the Napa side of Los Carneros. Here, the constant cooling influence of wind and fog allow the fruit ample time on the vine to develop full, concentrated flavors and velvety texture. This block is planted to clones 667, Calera, Swan, 2A, Pommard and 777, which provide us with multiple layers of aromatics and complexity – particularly in this excellent growing season.
Winemaker Notes At harvest time, they hand-picked the fruit in the cool, early morning – the grapes arriving within hours at the winery in small, half-ton boxes. After destemming, the must was left to rest for five days with 70% whole berries in tank. This cold soak at 48°F extracted intense color from the skins. To fully capture the fruit's radiant, deep red tones in the glass, fermentation took place in open top tanks. Rather than utilizing pump overs, they gently pushed the cap of skins down several times each-day to extract just the right amount of color and velvety tannin texture from the skins and seeds. When fermentation was complete, the wine was racked to French oak barrels (33% new) for nine months of barrel aging. The wine was not racked out of barrel until blending just prior to bottling.
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