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La Crema Nine Barrel Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
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Wine Details

Vineyard

La Crema

Varietal

Pinot Noir

Style

Red

Wine Description

(2007 Vintage) Fragile, temperamental and beautifully expressive, Pinot Noir must be handled delicately from vine to bottle to capture everything this gorgeous varietal has to offer. It all begins with clonal selection. All our Russian River Valley vineyards are located within 20 miles of the Pacific Ocean. In this cool, coastal climate we plant primarily Dijon and Pommard clones, known for fragrant aromatics and round complexity. When the time is right, fruit is hand-picked and immediately transported to the read more...Fragile, temperamental and beautifully expressive, Pinot Noir must be handled delicately from vine to bottle to capture everything this gorgeous varietal has to offer. It all begins with clonal selection. All our Russian River Valley vineyards are located within 20 miles of the Pacific Ocean. In this cool, coastal climate we plant primarily Dijon and Pommard clones, known for fragrant aromatics and round complexity. When the time is right, fruit is hand-picked and immediately transported to the winery. A gentle press preserves 70% whole berries in the tank. The juice rests for a five-day cold soak, which captures the luminous, deep ruby red color of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Fermentation takes place in open-top tanks, with the cap punched down three times each day, extracting a wide range of flavors and aromatics, and the perfect amount of color and round tannin texture. The free-run wine is drained to French oak barrels with medium-plus to heavy toast levels. After nine months, the winemaking team tastes through our Russian River Valley lots to select the nine barrels worthy of this exclusive release. The Nine Barrel blend is layered together, and the wine is racked to one-year-old French oak barrels for an additional five months of aging. This final aging period allows the various components of the blend to marry together before bottling. (hide)

Expert Reviews
  • Wine Spectator
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/02