The California winery La Crema has been a staple in wine stores for decades with their superb quality to price ratio wines. Today we have one of their Pinot Noirs however, it is not from Claifornia but from Willamette Valley Oregon. It landed on The Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2020, and for good reason - this wine is singing good!
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 obtain a balance between New World and Old World expression. Boasting a Mediterranean climate with maritime inuence 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 wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels (23% new) for eight months.
Here is a tasting note from the winery, “The nose is teeming with baking spices and pie crust. On the palate dense red fruit favors give way to subtle blue fruit and blood orange notes. Fine tannins knit the wine together. This goes fantastic with foods that are both earthy and aromatic—pepper-crusted prime rib, rosemary rack of lamb, sautéed salmon or lentil soup with fresh tarragon. More adventurous? Try curried mussels and chicken masala.”
La Crema Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2018
Shelf Price $28.99
Sale Price $24.97
#64 on The Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2020!
92 pts Wine Spectator
Sleek and vibrant, with snappy raspberry and red plum flavors accented by sweet basil and spice and finishing with fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2027. 26,434 cases made