La Crema Williamette Pinot Noir 2019
Over 30 years of experience working with chardonnay and pinot noir have established La Crema as a winery of consistent quality. La Crema produces wines from top cool-climate appellations to include; Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Monterey and most recently Willamette. The unifying factors of all these sites are their cool, windy climates and marine-based soils.
Running 120 miles North to South from Portland to Eugene, Oregon’s Willamette Valley AVA is in the Northwest corner of the state. The region is known for producing unique wines that are able to find a balance between New World and Old World expression. Boasting a Mediterranean climate with maritime influence and diverse soil types, it is no surprise that the Willamette Valley is now recognized as one of the premier Pinot Noir growing regions in the world. The fruit for this wine was sourced from eight vineyards spread across four sub-appellations of the Willamette Valley.
The 2019 growing season returned to the quintessential Oregon season, characterized by precipitation throughout the year. From a wet winter to late rains in June and July. Phenological activities were similar to those of 2018 but with more moderate temperatures throughout the growing season resulting in slower sugar accumulation. These cooler temperatures and properly thinned fruit kept disease pressure at bay and allowed for flavour development into October.
Savory notes of oak are complemented by initial notes of sweet cherry, raspberry, and roasted plum, which give way to rustic tannins that provide the wine with a supple texture. - Craig McAllister, Winemaker
The Finer Details
Style - Red Wine
Varietal - Pinot Noir
Country - United States
Region - Willamette Valley, Oregon
Vintage - 2019
Size - 750ml
ABV - 13.5%