Good Morning Gentle Readers,
You know, sometimes it's just fun to skip past all the crap and say that this is a pretty good wine. I liked it. I'd drink it again. The wine is distinctively identifiable as pinot with what I call a peppery or spicey character not unlike certain zins. It's a medium bodied, easy sipping, especially smooth wine with hints of anise and cherry and a lingering bit of raspberry, definitely raspberry, on the backside.
Sonoma County's La Crema is a smaller Russian River Valley winery. The grapes are grown in several coastal areas, including Carneros and the Anderson Valley, where proximity to the coast with it's cooling morning fog allows for a long growing season and small intensely flavored grapes.
$14.00-$16.00 if you're paying attention. If the chick is into Sideways, this would be an impressive choice for that first fancy dinner. Otherwise, just enjoy it for what it is.