2016 La Crema Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.55, TA 0.61, $40. Sourced from 9 grower and estate vineyards across the Russian River Valley, Chalk Hill and Green Valley AVAs. Estate vineyards include Barbieri, Bellflower, Bones Road, Olivet, Piner and Ross Road. Clones 777, 115, 667, Pommard, “828,” 114, 23 and 2A. 100% de-stemmed, 70% whole berries in tank. 3 to 5-day cold soak, fermented in open-top tanks, no racking until blending prior to bottling. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 35% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Aromas of blackberry, cassis, and oak-driven spice and toast lead to a full-bodied experience sporting waves of oak-kissed, almost syrupy, black cherry and blackberry fruit flavors. Very ripe fruited with toasty oak suppressing the Russian River Valley footprint. Score: 88. Reviewed July 20, 2019

Winery: La Crema Winery
From article: Recently Tasted California Wines