La Crema 2012 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $30

By on May 28, 2014

la-crema-pinot-noir-willamette-valley-2012-bottleJackson Family Wines’ first release from its project in Oregon, headed up by Canadian native Elizabeth Grant-Douglas, used fruit from eight clones off 10 vineyards — remember they’ve acquired Maple Grove, Zena East and Zena Middle. Her work at Joe Dobbes’ facility in Dundee led to aromas of black cherry, blueberry, pomegranate, chai spices and dusty herbs. The structure offers a richer style of Pinot Noir with ripe black cherry and cassis, followed by an elegantly balanced midpalate of delicious huckleberry and Western serviceberry. This label produces about 1 million cases annually, and they are distributed in the Northwest by Odom, so the wines should be readily available in both Washington and Oregon. Among the recipes suggested include Halibut with Buckwheat Noodles.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 12,244 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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