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La Crema Pinot Noir Arroyo Seco 750ML 2012
Sku: 49075
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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Monterey County
Appellation: Arroyo Seco
Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir
Type: Still wine
Reg. $42.49
Web Only Sale $31.29
Buy La Crema Pinot Noir Arroyo Seco
Vinous 90 points - Vivid red. Deeply pitched cherry and dark berries scents, with subtle floral and peppery spice notes adding lift. Broad and fleshy on the palate, offering bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors and a touch of licorice. In a plush, weighty style, finishing with strong punch and smooth, slow-building tannins.  (May 2014)

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Wine maker notes
the series: appellation series, winery exclusive Here at La Crema, we are passionate about terroir. In a literal sense, terroir is the unique characteristics of a site – everything from soil, wind and temperature to the neighboring eucalyptus trees or distance from the sea. In essence, it means that one wine cannot be duplicated anywhere else. Produced in very limited quantities, the winery exclusive releases in our Appellation Wine series allow our winemakers to explore distinct vineyard sites in only the most expressive vintages. the place: ARROYO SECO Pinot Noir’s temperamental and fragile nature makes it a challenge from vine to bottle. Not well suited to most areas, Pinot only reveals its brilliance in tiny, specific cool-climate pockets of the world. This limited-production release is sourced from a single estate vineyard in the heart of Monterey’s Arroyo Seco winegrowing region. Like clockwork each afternoon, ocean winds buffet the vines, prolonging the growing season and producing fruit with vibrant acidity and juicy concentrated flavors. This wine is a blend of Pinot Noir Clones 667 and 777 – providing elegant structure and rich texture in the glass.

For more than 30 years, La Crema has explored California’s coastal appellations, a voyage of varietals that started here at our estate in the foggy vineyards of the Russian River Valley. On our journey, we have found exciting cool-climate vineyards north in the rugged hills of Mendocino, and south along the wind-swept slopes of Los Carneros. Most recently, our exploration has taken us to the wind-swept hillside vineyards of Monterey. Centered always on the dual lens of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, we look for one unifying factor at these exceptional sites: coastal wind and fog that allow the grapes ripen slowly on the vine, developing intensely complex aromas and flavors while retaining firm acid structure. Naturally, our winemaking team seeks to express the essence of the terroir in our wines, capturing the unique personality and flavor profile of the vineyards. Elizabeth Grant-Douglas infuses our winemaking regime with a highly personal touch that combines the best of traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques with a contemporary California style. Elizabeth employs time-intensive techniques to craft your favorite La Crema releases throughout the years: HAND HARVESTING We harvest grapes in the cool early morning hours and treat it very gently from vine to press to ensure the delicate clusters arrive in prime condition. CHARDONNAY FERMENTATION To best capture the fresh fruit character, a gentle whole-cluster press is used for Chardonnay to minimize bitter compounds from skins, seeds and stems. Our Chardonnays are fermented in French and American oak, with the lees (yeast deposit) hand stirred twice a month to create a round, rich texture on the palate. PINOT NOIR FERMENTATION After the stems are removed, Pinot Noir is left to rest in a cold soak for five to eight days. This captures layers of complex aromatics and a gorgeous luminous color. Fermentation then takes place in small, open-top fermenters, with the cap of skins and seeds punched down through the juice three times each day to balance out tannin weight and structure. When fermentation is complete, the wine is pressed off the skins with a gentle basket press. BARREL AGING Both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are aged primarily in French oak. Barrels are carefully with specific grain and toast levels for each separate wine lot to ensure a balanced mingling of fruit and characteristics. At bottling time, minimal fining and filtration ensure the purity of varietal expression in the glass for which La Crema is well known.

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