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 Review by Clinton Stark

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

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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.


$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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