La Crema Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015
In many ways the 2015 growing season in the Willamette Valley mirrored 2014 and is thought of as near perfect. Bud break came early in March, followed by bloom toward the end of May--up to three weeks earlier than normal. Summer was hot and dry, but tempered by cool night temperatures. The absence of fall rain allowed perfect ripening and one of the earliest harvests on record.
The grapes were hand-picked, hand-sorted and gently destemmed. The juice was cold-soaked for three days at 48 degrees then fermented in open-top tanks and punched down 2-3 times per day during active fermentation.
Post-fermentation free run was then transferred to tanks for one night of settling before racking to new and used French oak barrels for 9 months.
On the nose, violets, star anise, marionberry and bay leaf.
On the palate, raspberry, boysenberry, coffee bean, dark spice and orange zest. An elegant wine with supple tannins and a touch of cedar that adds complexity and length.
This goes fantastic with foods that are both earthy and aromatic—pepper-crusted prime rib, rosemary rack of lamb, sautéed salmon or lentil soup with fresh tarragon. More adventurous? Try curried mussels and chicken masala.
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