Wine of the Day: La Crema 40th Anniversary Pinot Noir

Last year Sonoma’s long-loved Pinot Noir producer, La Crema, celebrated its 40th anniversary of making cool climate wines with an old-world character. In celebration, the winery has created La Crema’s 40th Anniversary Pinot Noir ($100) blending premium fruit from their Russian River estates, including Ross, Saralee’s, and my favorite, Seascape. To bring the present and the past together, La Crema’s current winemaker, Jen Walsh, worked with the founding winemaker, Rob Berglund, to bring the historic style of the winery together with modern techniques. The resulting wine is complex, nicely structured, and elegant, with wild berry, cola, violets, and soft herbs, with a savory earthiness on the finish. This is your wild mushroom risotto or truffle pizza pairing, as the wine has texture and concentration, without being overly weighty or intensely powerful. It is a beautiful representation of the quality La Crema delivers in their single-vineyard Pinot Noir wines.