Basic info: La Crema Pinot Noir, Monterey, CA – 2015
Price estimate:$19 (local wine store)
Look: Garnet colored with minimal translucency. Good legs.
Smell: Fruit, berries, specifically raspberry and strawberry
Taste: Ripe strawberry and cherry with some mineral notes. Almost no tannin. Smooth wine with good, but not overpowering acid. Nice long finish with notes of blackberry and darker fruit.
Conclusions: Really nice drinking wine. Smooth and enjoyable.
Other notes: The weather finally turned nice here and one afternoon after work I decided to have a glass of wine before making dinner because I just wanted to. It was a long day a work and I wanted to enjoy the sun and warm temperatures, especially after being so cold all of January and at work every day. We picked this up on a whim at our local wine store. I thought I recognized the winery, but wasn’t 100% certain. I’m still not certain if it is the same winery that I think it is, but it was a lovely wine – so much so that we picked up another bottle of it the next time we were at the wine store.
From the bottle: “Aromas of black plum, cherry, rhubarb and hints of earth and loam. Flavors of red plum, raspberry and blood orange are underpinned by distinctive river stone minerality and savory umami character. Plush and richly textured with juicy, yet balanced acidity and integrated toasty barrel spice.” 13.5% alcohol by volume.