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Pinot Noir,

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Sincere. Delicate. Nuanced.  The region is known for producing unique wines that are able to find a balance between New World and Old World expression

Variety: Pinot Noir
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Winemaker: La Crema
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 14.5%

Winemaker's Notes

The nose is teeming with baking spices and pie crust. On the palate, dense red fruit fl­avors give way to subtle blue fruit and blood orange notes. Fine tannins knit the wine together

John's Notes

As part of my studies, I often practice writing “dry tasting notes” based on a typical wine made from a particular grape from a particular region (typicity). The challenge – you’re not allowed to pour, smell, or taste the wine.  In essence, you write a complete analysis of the wine’s structure, aromatic profile, flavor profile, aging potential, and quality based on the climate, viticultural processes, and winemaking techniques common to that region

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is one of the easier dry tasting notes to write, but give it a try – it’s not as easy as you think. Send me your dry tasting note, and I’ll not only provide you with my comments, I’ll give you a free wine opener with your next order for your troubles.  Here’s a hint: focus on the structure

Nerdy Details

Winemaker: La Crema, winemaker Craig Mcallister

  • 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, passionate in our belief that they make uniquely expressive and elegant wines. Oregon’s Willamette Valley is no exception. We thoroughly appreciate, and are fully committed to, all that makes this region so revered — its beauty, its passion, its wine

Variety:  100% Pinot Noir

Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon


  • Overall, 2018 was a balanced growing season. Budbreak came in April, slightly later that past seasons, and was followed by a compressed bloom and veraison which put the season back on a typical schedule. Throughout the summer and early fall, conditions were ideal with warm days, cool nights, and a lack of large rainstorms. The fruit was able to reach full flavor development and was brought in at its peak


  • The fruit for this wine was sourced from eight vineyards spread across four sub-appellations of the Willamette Valley
  • Estate vineyards include Grain Moraine in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA as well as Zena Crown in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA
  • Clones included in the blend are 114, 115, 667, 777, 828, Pommard, and Swan


  • The grapes were hand-picked and hand-sorted in the cool of the morning before being gently de-stemmed with a portion of the fruit side aside for whole cluster fermentation
  • The wine is cold soaked for three to fi­ve days before being inoculated with select yeast strains
  • During fermentation in open-top tanks, the cap is manipulated with pump-overs or punch downs up to two times a day depending on what the fruit is showing
  • Post-fermentation, free-run wine was settled for a minimum of two days before racking to new and used French oak barrels
  • The wine was aged without racking until ­final blending

Alcohol:  14.5%

pH:  3.62

Pairs Well With:  Rosemary roast chicken, mushroom stuffed pork, chicken breast with red pepper sauce


Wine Spectator (92): Sleek and vibrant, with snappy raspberry and red plum flavors accented by sweet basil and spice and finishing with fine-grained tannins

Wine Enthusiast (90): Part of the Jackson Family portfolio, this widely-available wine marries spicy berry and black-cherry fruit to barrel flavors of cocoa powder. Tannins are buffed to a fine gloss, and come to a final focus with a hint of green tea. Some 23% was aged in new French oak.  Paul Gregutt 10/1/2020

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