Wine Wednesday: La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2013 ($20)

2013 La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir - red wine - thegrapeThis Week In Red Wine: La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2013 ($20)

 “A balanced style, with a mix of ripe berry, plum and light creamy oak. The tannins are laced with crushed rock and cedar details. Drink now through 2020.” – Wine Spectator


Wine Ratings & Awards

Grape Certified Gold Medal – 2016 –

Antonio Galloni – 90 Points (2014)

Stephen Tanzer – 90 Points (2014)

Wine Enthusiast – 92 Points (2009)

Best Wines Under $20 – 2016

Best Cheap Wines of the Year – 2016


Wine Review

La Crema is famous for producing exquisite white and red wines, like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir respectively, sourcing grapes from California’s finest cool-climate wine regions such as: Anderson Valley, Russian River Valley, Los Carneros, Sonoma Coast and Monterey. Today, they continue to explore the essence, depth and breadth of varietal expression, creating premium world-class wines that are simply unforgettable.

The applauded, 2013 La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir offers complex aromas that are both savory and sweet. Ripe plum and forest floor aromas lead, followed by notes of violet and cocoa powder. On the palate, elements of pomegranate and blackberry are front and center, framed by notes of anise and mocha. This wine displays well-integrated acidity and ne-grained tannins create an elegant, well-structured wine.  Wine Advocate’s, Antonio Galloni wrote the following review on La Crema’s 2013 Monterey Pinot Noir, “Bright red. Spicy red berries and rose on the nose, with a hint of smokiness in the background. Offers tangy strawberry and red currant flavors and a hint of cola, with a white pepper nuance adding bite. Finishes lively and focused, leaving behind sweet red fruit liqueur and orange peel notes behind. I like the blend of succulence and tanginess here.”

Whether you plan on opening a bottle of the 2013 La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir this year or laying one down for another 5 years, this wine will continue to age with grace. Also, consider pairing this Pinot with THEGRAPE’s Caramelized Chicken Wings, garlic roasted pork loin with raspberry chipotle glaze, or rosemary and garlic salmon. The aubergine (a.k.a. Eggplant) and parsley pesto is vegan-friendly and delicious – terrific when served as bruschetta, it also is great as a pasta sauce.


Wine Region: Monterey (Central Coast), California

Wine Grapes: Pinot Noir

Style: Medium-bodied, Rich & Spicy

Drinks Like: Foursight Wines Charles Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 ($46) – Gold Medal – 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition & Dehlinger Goldridge Pinot Noir 2012 ($48) – 94 Points – Vinous


Food & Wine Pairings: THEGRAPE’s Caramelized Chicken Wings – Click To View Recipe

Caramelized Chicken Wings - THEGRAPE

Also try these delicious recipes: Garlic Roasted Pork Loin & Sweet Potatoes with Raspberry Chipotle GlazeRosemary & Garlic Roasted Salmon and Aubergine Eggplant & Parsley Pesto.

We hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s wine review. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy today’s Grape Certified Gold red wine recommendation but we’re excited for you to try this 2013 La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir food and wine recipe pairing! If you enjoyed this post don’t forget to like it above and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. Thanks and we’ll see you next week for another edition of Wine Wednesday and Food & Wine Friday. Cheers!


La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2013
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Grape Certified Gold

La Crema does it again! Both the 2012 & 2013 La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir vintages are excellent examples of Grape Certified Gold Medal winning red wines. The Monterey (Sonoma Coast) Pinot Noir's please Pinot Noir devotees with dark fruits and fresh forest aromas. The flavors are complex and display notes of plum, currant, and astringent pomegranate followed by hints of pepper, coffee and chocolate. Purchase several bottles of this Grape Certified Gold wine now – for best results pair with food, while your palate discovers more flavors. Visit to learn more about this delicious wine, including where to purchase it and its ideal food and wine pairings.

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