Stark Sips: 2008 La Crema Pinot Noir, Sonoma (89 pts, $38)

    Balanced with enough tannins to keep the flab away.

    La Crema 2008 Pinot Noir

    2008 La Crema, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

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    La Crema 2008 Pinot Noir
    VERDICT: "Go for it"
    Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
    14.7% alc.
    $38
    www.lacrema.com

    La Crema 2008 Pinot NoirStrong value play. A relaxed drinker demonstrating true Pinot style from the Russian River Valley.

    More: Russian River Valley ’08 Pinot Noir wine media tasting round-up

    Dusty, earthy, tobacco with black cherry on the palate.

    Balanced with enough tannins to keep the flab away. Look for it for under $20 at your local retailer including Trader Joe’s. The ’08 was another strong year for Sonoma Pinot.

    La Crema also makes a nice Chardonnay for about the same price.

    Recommended.

    $38. 4,700 cases produced. 100% Pinot Noir. 100% Russian River Valley. 10 months in barrel (98% French, 40% new barels).

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