La Crema Pinot Noir 2021, Sonoma Coast, California

“Our original name, La Crema Vinera, means ‘best of the vine,’ setting the standard for all we do since 1979. One of Sonoma County’s largest AVAs, the Sonoma Coast Appellation stretches from the San Pablo Bay in the South to Mendocino County line to the North and runs primarily along the mountainous coastline of the Paci fic Ocean. A sprawling growing region, the Sonoma Coast AVA is known for its strong maritime influence that provides a cool growing climate throughout the year with fog moderating warmer summer temperatures. The fruit for this wine was sourced from multiple estate vineyards spread across the Sonoma Coast AVA. Soils in the various vineyard sites are typically a mix of free draining sandy loam and clay loams. Fruit is predominantly hand-picked and gently de-stemmed, with 70% whole berries in tank. Cold soaked at 48°F for 3-5 days. Fermented in open top tanks, punched down 3 times per day during active fermentation. Post-fermentation, free run was transferred to tank for one night of settling before racking to new and used French oak barrels. No racking out of barrels until blending prior to bottling. Aromas of blackberry, cherry, leather and tobacco with fl avors of red cherry, raspberry and boysenberry. Subtle hints of espresso and cocoa nib underpin notes of exotic spice and toast. The ne tannins are balanced acidity drive a long finish.