LaRue

Owner(s) Katy Wilson
Web site www.laruewines.com
 
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LaRue

Katy Wilson, owner and winemaker, developed an interest in wine while a student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She graduated with a degree in Wine & Viticulture and Agricultural Business. She learned her winemaking at Testarossa, Torbreck Vintners in the Barossa Valley, Joseph Phelps, Craggy Range in New Zealand, and Flowers Winery where she was the assistant winemaker. She currently is the associate winemaker at Kamen Estate Wines (Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah) while she launched her own label, named after her great-grandmother, Veona LaRue Newell.

LaRue is focused on producing high quality Pinot Noir exclusively from Sonoma Coast vineyards.

The LaRue Pinot Noir is sold through a mailing list and the winery's website store.

Reviewed Wines

2014 La Rue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 180 cases, $60. Aged 20 months in French oak barrels, 30% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Crisp and refreshing, with bright aromas of black cherry and exotic spices replicated on the palate with added nuances of earth, mushroom and umami. Exquisitely balanced, this wine speaks of nobility and finishes with an infusion of vibrancy. Still engaging the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. You won’t find a better Sonoma Coast AVA bottling in the marketplace. Score: 92. Reviewed October 30, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 LaRue Charles Heintz Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

13.1% alc., 50 cases, $60. Vineyard planted in 1982 to Wente clone 4. Aged 17 months in French oak barrels. · Moderate golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Scents of golden apple, wildflower honey and oily oak lead to a bright core of golden apple flavor enriched with notes of white peach and table grape. Nicely composed, with briny acidity and a comforting baby oil mouthfeel. Score: 91. Reviewed April 22, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 LaRue Emmaline Ann Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

12.5% alc., 70 cases, $70. Aged 20 months in French oak barrels, 33% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Intriguing aromas of darker fruits, almond paste and spices. Plenty of black cherry sap is buffered by savory herbs and spice. The wine has a sexy vibe and a positive message with a welcome lift on the finish. Oak chimes in currently with a little too much voice as a dried leaf flavor, but this should ameliorate with more time in bottle and will appeal to those who relish savory input in Pinot Noir. Score: 93. Reviewed October 30, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

12.9% alc., 235 cases, $60. A blend of grapes from Rice-Spivak (Dijon clones and Swan selection) and Emmaline Ann (Dijon clones) vineyards. Aged for 20 months in 100% French oak barrels, 30% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose leads with aromas of cherry, wilted rose, tobacco and spice. Whole cluster inclusion is evident in the array of flavors that include dark berries, black cherry, black plum, and a hint of stem. Intense entry, attack and finish with prominent citrus-fueled acidity in the background. The acidity sticks out as sharp and steely, particular on the lemony finish. Score: 89. Reviewed November 22, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 LaRue Emmaline Ann Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

12.8% alc., 52 cases, $70. From a 3-acre vineyard near the town of Freestone. Dijon clones planted in Goldridge sandy loam. Aged 20 months in 100% French oak barrels, 50% new. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Enticing aromas of macerated cherries, rose petal, nutmeg and Christmas spices. All silk and satin on the palate with a lip-smacking core of black cherry and black raspberry fruit accented with a touch of stem and oak. A citrus-driven acidity note hovers in the background that leads to a mildly tart finish. The acidity is noticeable but better integrated than in the Sonoma Coast bottling. Score: 90. Reviewed November 22, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 LaRue Rice-Spivak Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

12.5% alc., 125 cases, $70. Sourced from a 6-acre vineyard south of the town of Sebastopol. Goldridge sandy loam and volcanic ash soils. Dijon and Swan clones. Aged 20 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass with an unfiltered appearance. Intoxicating aromas of sweet cherries, exotic spices and rose petal. Admirable richness and fullness on the mid palate with saucy flavors of cherries, spice, smoke and jerky. A floral note lurks in the background. Melded tannins, vivacious acidity and long on the finish. Amazing phenolic concentration at this low ABV. Did I mention superb balance? Score: 93. Reviewed May 11, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 LaRue Coastlands Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., 50 cases, $75. This iconic vineyard’s fruit goes primarily into COBB bottlings. The vineyard sits at 900 to 1,200 feet elevation overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A blend of Pommard, Martini and Wädenswil clones. Aged 20 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. · Moderate cherry red color in the glass. This wine is a whole cluster wonderland. Aromas of exotic spices, black cherry and wood sap lead to mid weight styled wine with many nuances including dark red raspberry, cherry, cranberry, tea leaf, gingerbread spice, bourbon and smoke flavors. Flat-out delicious, with a silky demeanor, tight acidity, cashmere tannins and welcome finishing interest. There is plenty to ponder in this elegantly styled wine that will especially appeal to whole cluster fans. Score: 93. Reviewed May 11, 2016 ARTICLE »

2012 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 220 cases, $60. A blend of Rice-Spivak and Emmaline Ann vineyards. Dijon clones and Swan selection. Goldridge sandy loam soils at both sites. Aged 17 months in 35% new French oak. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Plenty of whole cluster goodness in this wine with aromas of cherry, raspberry, cola, rose and spice. An elegant wine. but packs plenty of flavorful spiced cherry and raspberry fruits with a note of pomegranate, cranberry and rose water in the background. High grade tension, nicely accented with oak, finishing with crisp, tart cherry goodness. Score: 91. Reviewed December 10, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 LaRue Emmaline Anne Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

12.4% alc., 50 cases, $70 (two bottlesper person). From a 3-acre vineyard near the town of Freestone. Dijon clones are planted in Goldridge sandy loam soils. Aged 17 months in 50% new French oak. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Similar to the Sonoma Coast bottling, but a step up in nuance and sophistication. Wondrous aromas of wilted rose, red cherry and spice led to a delicious palate of crisp, juicy red plum, cherry and red raspberry fruits. A faint note of oak and floral bouquet lurks in the background. Refined and classy, with a mouthwatering finish. Score: 94. Reviewed December 10, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 LaRue Rice-Spivak Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

12.6% alc., 125 cases, $70. Clones are 115, 667 and Swan. Less than 5% whole cluster. Aged 17 months in 100% French oak barrels, 40% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Very exotic aromatic profile brimming with alluring scents of black cherry, spice, rose petal and a hint of sweet oak. The nose reminds of one that reflects whole cluster fermentation. This is a special wine of charm and character, offering juicy cherry fruit that dances across the palate. Accents of spice and flower bouquet add interest. The experience is bright and energetic with great harmony and elegance. The wine offers a refreshing cut of acidity on the long finish that seduces with spiced cherry and red berry fruits. Very difficult to keep from drinking the whole bottle. Score: 97. Reviewed May 4, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 LaRue Coastlands Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 50 cases, $75. First planted in 1989 by the Cobb family, the vines are among the oldest on the Sonoma Coast. Clones are Pommard, Martini and Wädenswil. 15% whole cluster. Aged 17 months in 100% French oak barrels, 50% new. · Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. The nose is somewhat subdued but very pleasing, offering aromas of darker red fruits, balsam, vanilla and sous-bois. Very intense and saturating on the palate with an explosion of fresh cherry and raspberry fruits that are flat out delicious. A little more structured, sappy and masculine with a touch more oak overlay than the Rice- Spivak bottling. The finish is remarkable for its persistence, generosity and juicy acidity. This wine was even better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, displaying the fat, silken richness that only Pinot Noir can achieve. Score: 96. Reviewed May 4, 2015 ARTICLE »

2011 La Rue Rice-Spivak Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

12.8% alc., 47 cases, $N/A (allocation only). Katy’s first vineyarddesignated wine. This vineyard is 6-acres located south of the town of Sebastopol. Soils are Goldridge sandy loam and volcanic ash (the ash is unusual for this area). Dijon clones. Aged 17 months in 50% new French oak barrels, then aged another year in bottle before release. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. A high brow nose featuring scents of cherries jubilee, baking spice and dried rose petals. Charming in every way, with fresh, bright cherry and raspberry flavors accented with spice. Noticeably seamless and elegant with an endlessly long peacock finish that lasts over a minute. Totally amazing and impossible to score. Score: 97. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 139 cases, $60. Aged 17 months in 33% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. An “Oh Man” nose with vibrant aromas of black cherry pie glaze, cranberry relish, spice cabinet and the slightest oak, picking up interest and intensity over time in the glass. Juicy and refined on the palate with a perfectly ripened, dark red cherry core and what seems like whole cluster spice. Slightly earthy with supple tannins, floating over the palate in an ephemeral jaunt, picking up power as it goes until the finish explodes in delightful exuberance. When tasting this one, I had to swallow. Score: 95. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2010 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., 310 cases, $68. Aged 16 months in 40% new French oak barrels. Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Heavenly aromas of Bing cherry, mushroom, rose petal, underbrush, · spice and everything nice. Delicious essence of black cherries complimented by a hint of spice and herbs. Impeccably balanced with luxurious texture and a big, deeply flavored, cherry finish. Score: 93. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2009 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 300 cases, $60. A blend of three coastal vineyards near the towns of Occidental and Sebastopol. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Demure aromas of black cherries, plum sauce, violets, hay barn and spice. Intense presence on the palate without weight, offering flavors of black cherries and red and dark berries with an underpinning of savory herbs, finishing with a hint of citrus peel and impressive fruit presence. Very soft and seductive in the mouth with supportive tannins and lively acidity, all in balance. Very good. Reviewed April 4, 2012 ARTICLE »



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