Crème De La Crème
La Crema Offers A Pinot Noir For Every Taste
BY KATHY CASTEEL
Autumn boasts a bounty of flavors. In this season of abundance, serve a wine that’s as versatile as the range of foods on your table — Pinot Noir.
The light-bodied, red wine with rich fruit character offers consistent acidity and subtle tannins that are well-suited for pairing with a wide variety of dishes. Pinot Noir is light enough for poultry or salmon yet complex enough to hold up to richer meats such as beef, pork or duck — a most amiable contributor to any fall gathering.
Yet for all its versatility in the glass, Pinot Noir is finicky in the field, demanding the vintner’s attention. At La Crema Winery, Pinot Noir gets the lion’s share of attention in the vineyard, the winery and the tasting room.
Pinot Noir is La Crema’s signature grape, comprising half of its production. The Healdsburg, Calif., winery produces 10 types of cool-climate Pinot Noir from a range of specific appellations and vineyards, plus a Pinot Noir Rosé, seven types of Chardonnay, a Pinot Gris and a Viognier.
Choose a La Crema Pinot Noir from distinctive vineyards in the Anderson Valley, Arroyo Seco, Bennett Valley, Los Carneros, Shell Ridge, Monterey, Sonoma Coast or Russian River appellations. An additional Russian River Pinot Noir features an exclusive blend of the nine best barrels produced from that region’s vintage.
La Crema’s newest Pinot Noir hails from Oregon’s Willamette Valley; this year’s inaugural release marks the winery’s first foray outside of California.
Three La Crema Pinot Noirs are available in Columbia: Monterey, Sonoma Coast and Willamette Valley. Each offers subtle differences based on its terroir.
La Crema’s Monterey Pinot Noir takes advantage of the region’s long, cool, dry growing season to develop complex aromas and firm structure. This smooth wine offers ripe plum aromas, leading to flavors of strawberry and plum with blackberry and cocoa notes.
La Crema’s Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir comes from a land of fog and coastal breezes. The moderate climate nurtures small berries with firm acidity and concentrated varietal aromas
and flavors. The red cherry bouquet gives way to a taste of wild berry and sweet spice.
La Crema’s Willamette Valley Pinot Noir brings the traditional elegance of the Oregon appellation to the label. Aromas of violets and berries deliver raspberry/blackberry flavors with bright notes of pomegranate and a touch of orange zest.
Because Pinot Noir is more acidic and less tannic than other red wines, the recommended serving temperature is 55 to 60 degrees. For best results, chill in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.
La Crema offers winemaker wannabes the “virtual vintner experience” on its website. Check it out at www.lacrema.com.