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2014 LaRue Coastlands Pinot Noir

The Vineyards

First planted in 1989 by the Cobb family, the Coastlands Vineyard has some of the oldest Pinot Noir vines on the Sonoma Coast. After years of working exclusively as growers, the Cobb family started Cobb Wines in 2001, leaving very little fruit to sell to a few select wineries. LaRue is honored to be one of those wineries and to work with this amazing vineyard. Sitting at 900-1,200 feet elevation and overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Coastlands is the most extreme vineyard in the LaRue line up. This wine is a blend of three clones: Pommard, Martini, and Wadenswil. The 2014 LaRue Coastlands Vineyard was aged for 30 months in barrel, which is quite unique. The additional time in barrel allowed the wine to develop more layers of flavor and complexity.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes

Aromas of dark raspberry, black cherry, and plum preserves intermingle with rustic notes of tobacco, leather, and sweet cinnamon. The fruit is bright on the palate, bursting with notes of rainier cherry and just ripe plum with a hint of cranberry. The wine has a mouth-filling texture and structure with subtle oak notes and silky tannins that linger on the finish. Expected Aging: 8-10 years.

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2015 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

The Vineyards

The 2015 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a blend of the Rice-Spivak and Thorn Ridge Vineyards. The Rice-Spivak Vineyard is south of the town of Sebastopol with soils that are Goldridge sandy loam along with volcanic ash. This distinctive soil profile along with the clonal selections of Dijon and Swan create a wine that is balanced with good acidity, fresh aromas, and unmistakable minerality. The Thorn Ridge Vineyard is planted on a steep, eastern-facing slope with Goldridge sandy loam soils and is west of the town of Sebastopol. These grapes are from two small blocks planted over 20 years ago of Pommard and 115 clones. The vineyard experiences a heavy marine influence, which gives notes of dark fruit integrated with spicy undertones to the wine.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes

This wine bursts with aromas of bright cherry, spiced plum, and raspberry preserves. Savory aromas of white sage and leather contribute to the intensity of this wine. On the palate, it is concentrated and powerful, yet elegant. The acidity is bright and mouthwatering with flavors of fresh cherry and strawberry shining through. The tannin is mouth-filling and offers a smooth and lingering finish. Expected Aging: 5-7 years.
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2015 LaRue Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay

The Vineyard

Since 1912, the Heintz family has owned and operated this beautiful site just east of the town of Occidental. Located at about 900 feet elevation on Goldridge sandy loam soils and with the cool ocean influence, the Heintz Vineyard’s fruit is a quintessential expression of the Sonoma Coast. The Heintz Chardonnay was planted in 1982 to Clone 4, commonly known as the Wente Clone, and is a highly sought after vineyard for premium wine producers. The coastal influence balanced by the clonal selection gives the wine a great acid backbone with a rich palate and a touch of minerality.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes

Bursting with aromas of ripe citrus, orange blossom and lemon curd, this wine also has nuances of lychee, dried pear, and jasmine. Flavors of kaffir lime, nectarine, and peach play off of the subtle vanilla oak notes. Balancing both racy and mouth-filling qualities, the vibrant, concentrated, and intense acidity lingers on the palate.
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2014 LaRue Rice-Spivak Vineyard Pinot Noir

The Vineyard

The 2014 LaRue Rice-Spivak Vineyard Pinot Noir is from a six acre vineyard south of the town of Sebastopol. The soils on this vineyard are Goldridge sandy loam along with volcanic ash. The Goldridge is very common for the area, while the volcanic ash is quite unusual. This distinctive soil profile along with the clonal selections of Dijon and Swan create a wine that is balanced with good acidity, fresh aromas, and unmistakable minerality.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes

Opening up with aromas of sweet cherry and just ripe strawberry, this wine evolves into aromatic layers of cherry compote, orange blossom, lavender, and notes of cocoa nibs, cinnamon spice, & forest floor. On the palate, there is bright red fruit of cherry, cranberry, and raspberry that intermingle with hints of violets, orange oil, and spiced plums. This wine is silky and has the essence of cinnamon and vanilla oak notes giving the wine a firm, yet lush finish.
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2014 LaRue Thorn Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

The Vineyard

Along with their legendary Klopp Ranch Vineyard, Ted Klopp and his daughter, Lauren, farm Thorn Ridge Vineyard. It is a steep eastern-facing sloped vineyard planted on Goldridge sandy loam soils. This wine is a blend of two blocks from the vineyard that are planted to Pommard and 115 clones. Thorn Ridge is located just west of the town of Sebastopol where a heavy marine influence gives notes of dark fruit integrated with spicy undertones to the wine.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes

Savory plum, dark cherry, and blackberry dominate the aromatic profile of this wine with subtle rustic notes of toasted oak spices. Bright red raspberry explodes on the palate with flavors of cranberry and strawberry. The acidity is vibrant and balances out the mouth-filling texture and tannin that offers a lingering finish.

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2014 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

The Vineyards

The 2014 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a blend from the Rice-Spivak, Emmaline Ann, and Thorn Ridge Vineyards. The Rice-Spivak Vineyard is south of the town of Sebastopol and is planted on Goldridge sandy loam along with volcanic ash. This distinctive soil profile along with the clonal selections of Dijon and Swan create a wine that is balanced with good acidity, fresh aromas, and unmistakable minerality. The Emmaline Ann Vineyard is near the town of Freestone and has pure Goldridge sandy loam soils. The proximity to the ocean along with the higher elevation contributes to the elegant and balanced characteristics that are definitive of the Emmaline Ann Vineyard. The Thorn Ridge Vineyard is planted on a steep eastern-facing slope with Goldridge sandy loam soils and is west of the town of Sebastopol. The vines are over 20 years old and have a heavy marine influence, which gives notes of dark fruit integrated with spicy undertones to the wine.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes

This is a savory wine with aromas of dark raspberry, muddled strawberries, and sarsaparilla. Hints of rose petal, spicy pepper, and cocoa nibs complete the aromatic profile. On the palate this wine is mouth-filling with flavors of macerated Japanese plums, zesty orange peel, and peach blossom. Notes of caramel and toast round out the smooth and lingering finish.

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2014 LaRue Emmaline Ann Vineyard Pinot Noir

The Vineyard

The Emmaline Ann Vineyard is a three acre vineyard near the town of Freestone planted on pure Goldridge sandy loam soils with Dijon clonal selections. Just over 15 years ago, Wayne and Nancy Hunnicut planted this vineyard, which is named after Nancy’s grandmother. Facing southwest, towards the Pacific Ocean, the vineyard climate is moderated by morning and afternoon fog. The vineyard’s proximity to the ocean, as well as higher elevation at approximately 800 feet, both contribute to the elegant and balanced characteristics that are definitive of the Emmaline Ann Vineyard.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes

Opening with bright and fresh aromas of spiced cranberry, strawberry preserves, and citrus oil, this wine also offers rich aromas of tobacco leaf and toasted caramel along with hints of lavender, white tea, and spun honey. The vibrant acidity and focused tannin are highlighted by flavors of tart cherry, tangerine, and roasted mixed berries.

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