Pinot Noir is one of my overall favourite grapes. There are different styles from around the world, with Burgundy being at the pinnacle; cooler climate. As well as BC and New Zealand. Pinot Noir can also produce bigger wines, but still with softer tannins, in places such as California’s Sonoma Coast. I received a bottle of La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019 to review. I’ve been looking forward to trying it as I’ve tried previous vintages and enjoyed them as well.
From the winery, “Our original name, La Crema Vinera, means “best of the vine,” setting the standard for all we do since 1979. Our family-owned and operated winery focuses exclusively on cool-climate appellations. We’re continually exploring these very special regions — passionate in our belief that they make uniquely expressive and elegant wines.”
My Wine Tasting Notes
La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019 (BC $42.99)
Appearance: A deeper, but translucent to the core, mix of ruby and garnet colours.
Nose: Medium intensity, pretty aromas of violets, red fruits, red cherries, toasty oak, and touches of vanilla and nutmeg. About the same aromas after decanting; maybe a touch more sweet spices.
Palate: Dryish, medium-plus body, round and silky smooth in the mouth. Violets, red fruits, red cherries and candied red fruit flavours. Light tannins, oak, and some bitter grape stem flavour. A similar flavour profile and mouthfeel after decanting. Add black berries, red plums and a touch of oak.
Finish: Medium-plus length finishing off-dry with tartness, a mix of red cherries and candied red cherries, and light smoky toastiness. Add black berries, sweet spices, and oak after decanting, plus a touch of pepperiness at the very end.
An easy-to-enjoy Pinot Noir, soft with nice fruit and floral flavours. Decant or not does not make much difference.
Rating: – A deeper colour of ruby and garnet in the glass. Pretty aromas of violets, red fruits, cherries and oak. Dryish, medium-plus body, smooth, with violets, red fruits, red cherries and candied red fruit flavours. Light tannins and medium acidity. Medium-plus length.
I tried this wine with a whole chicken that I had air fried. The chicken was juicy and had some toasted flavours from the skin, which went nicely with the red fruit flavours and medium acidity of this wine.
Where Can I Buy This Wine?
This wine is available at BC Liquor stores and at Everything Wine stores.