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2018 LaRue Chardonnay, Charles Heintz Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

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, 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

Aromas of nectarine and honeycrisp apple jump out of the glass, followed by notes of peach blossom and honeysuckle with touches of lemon meringue, citrus zest, and flint. The palate is textured and full with vibrant mouthwatering acidity. Flavors of stone fruit are highlighted by the subtle oak notes of creme brûlée and a hint of vanilla.

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2017 LaRue Pinot Noir, Rice-Spivak Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

The Vineyard

The six acres of Rice-Spivak Vineyard lie south of the town of Sebastopol. Its Goldridge sandy loam soils mixed with volcanic ash are quite unusual. This distinctive soil profile along with the clonal selections of Dijon and Swan create a wine that is balanced with vibrant acidity, fresh aromas, and unmistakable minerality.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes

This expressive pinot noir opens up with aromas of just ripe cherry, raspberry & plum with reverberating notes of black tea, sweet tobacco and clove. Bright and vibrant on the palate, this wine explodes with flavors of muddled strawberry and crushed cranberry. Echoing the aroma, subtle notes of vanilla, clove, and baking spices dance on the palate playing off of the very fine tannins and leading into a delightful finish.

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2017 LaRue Pinot Noir, Thorn Ridge Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

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

Rustic and dark aromas of blackberry, plum and ripe cherry burst out of the glass. Layered notes of five spice, orange peel, and anise round out the aromatic profile of this dynamic pinot noir. On the palate, the fruit is unexpectedly bright with notes of raspberry and dark cherry. There is a rich lushness that carries flavors of creamy vanilla and clove that linger on the finish.

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2017 LaRue Pinot Noir, Coastlands Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

The Vineyard

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 plum and raspberry with notes of mulled spices and dried orange peel intermingle with the subtle oak notes of vanilla and baking spices. Just ripe fruit flavors of bing cherry, cranberry, and apricot preserves dominate the palate. The tannins are textured and lead to a lasting finish with subtle notes of spicy oak.

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