2013 La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
The 2013 Pinot Noir is one of the most expressive wines in the La Crema range. Succulent black cherry, smoke, leather, licorice and menthol are all fused together in the glass, while firm beams of supporting tannin give the wine its energy and overall sense of proportion. The is a real overachiever, not to mention one of the gems in this set of terrific new releases from La Crema. (AG)
*Editors' Choice* This is an impressive wine at the price and production level, a great go-to for multiple occasions. It delivers earthy, candied strawberry around a light, bright core, remaining soft and smooth in texture and intensity, finishing with a tease of milk chocolate. (VB)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
This is aromatically much higher-toned than the Russian River Valley with red pinot fruit, spice and discreet cranberry nuances. The supple, round and lilting flavors are almost delicate yet possess solid punch and vibrancy, all wrapped in a dusty, focused, precise and solidly lingering finish. This doesn't have the depth of the Russian River Valley but it's a quality effort all the same while offering good value.
*One Star* A bit richer at first in the nose than it is distinctly fruity, this wine initially favors sweet, slightly spicy oak with an element of fresh, red cherries gradually coming into play. Fruit assumes a slightly more central role in the nimble, mid-density flavors that follow and stays the course through to a firm, slightly ragged finish, and, if hardly a wine that demands lengthy aging, it will benefit from a year or two of waiting.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
My favorite was the least expensive, the 2013 Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast, which is a 390,000-case cuvée of 100% Pinot Noir aged eight months in 21% new French oak. This wine shows plenty of rose petal and strawberry notes intermixed with root beer and earth. Medium-bodied, it has lovely, sweet tannin and plenty of currants and plums. (RP)
A light style in terms of color, body and depth, with modest, easy-drinking flavors of smoky plum and spicy berry. (JL)