La Crema, the California winery that produces consistently good Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, has just released a new white wine: the La Crema 2012 Monterey Pinot Gris.
What made La Crema interested in Pinot Gris after decades of focusing on two grapes? “We were intrigued with this varietal because it gave us the chance to create a white wine in a different style, yet with the nuance, delicacy and texture for which we’re known,” writes winemaker Elizabeth Grant-Douglas.
The grapes come from the cool coastal vineyards of Monterey in Central California, about 200 miles south of La Crema’s home in the Russian River Valley. The fruit was hand harvested during cool morning and evening hours and cold fermented in 100% stainless steel to preserve the fresh fruit character.
Delicate citrus and floral aromas introduce a palate of crisp fruit flavors. Pear, white peach, white grapefruit, lime zest and lemon mix with star fruit and a hint of white pepper. Good minerality and refreshing acidity add structure, and the finish is clean with lingering lemon peel.
The La Crema 2012 Monterey Pinot Gris costs approximately $20 a bottle.
13.5% alcohol by volume