2014 La Crema Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Translucent coral red color, with glints of orange. Unlike many California Pinot Noirs, who sport 15% alcohol and present more like a bruising Syrah, this shows a lighter, more feminine profile. The aromas include notes of sharp strawberry, cherry cola, a whiff of black tea, and a light dusting of cocoa powder. Lithe in the mouth, it picks up notes of cranberry flavor and shows a moderate, fine grip at mid-palate. This is a fine bistro red, ready for lunch or picnic fare.
MSRP: $25 (July 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 88

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