Past Vintages

2014 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 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

Aromas of bright citrus, honeysuckle, and lemon curd burst from the glass with hints of flinty minerality, apricot skin and glazed pear. On the palate, this wine is fresh and lively with a hint of oak from the once used barrels. The acidity uplifts the palate and makes for a mouthwatering and elegant wine.

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2013 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

The Vineyards

The 2013 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a blend from the Rice-Spivak and Emmaline Ann Vineyards. The Rice-Spivak Vineyard is a seven 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. The Emmaline Ann Vineyard is a three acre vineyard near the town of Freestone. This vineyard has pure Goldridge sandy loam soils and Dijon clonal selections. The proximity to the ocean along with the higher elevation of this vineyard contributes to the elegant and balanced characteristics that are definitive of the Emmaline Ann Vineyard.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes

This wine first opens up with aromas of leather and spice intermingled with raspberry, cherry and a hint of sarsaparilla. This is a bright and juicy wine that has an ethereal quality on the palate. The tannin is firm, yet integrated and is perfectly balanced with the acidity. The oak and acid play off of each other on the palate and offer a lasting finish.

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2013 LaRue Emmaline Ann Vineyard Pinot Noir

The Vineyard

The Emmaline Ann Vineyard is a three acre vineyard near the town of Freestone. This vineyard has pure Goldridge sandy loam soils and Dijon clonal selections. The proximity to the ocean along with the higher elevation of this vineyard contributes to the elegant and balanced characteristics that are definitive of the Emmaline Ann Vineyard.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes

This wine opens with aromas of dark plum, violets, and fresh rose petals along with hints of marmalade and cranberry. On the palate, there are layered flavors of fresh strawberry and macerated cherry as well as mineral and leather notes. This is a mouth-filling wine that will certainly age for the next five to ten years.

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2013 LaRue Rice-Spivak Vineyard Pinot Noir

The Vineyard

The 2013 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

This wine bursts from the glass with gorgeous red fruit aromas of cranberry, plum, and raspberry intermingled with savory notes of cinnamon and cardamom. There are hints of jasmine, sweet sage, and peach blossoms. The palate is mouth-filling with flavors of bright cherry, minerality, and stone fruit along with notes of caramelized orange peel. The acid in this wine provides structure and a lingering finish.

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2013 LaRue Coastlands Vineyard Pinot Noir

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.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes

This austere wine opens up with aromas of grapefruit, citrus oil and a hint of lavender along with savory notes of bay laurel and five spice. Flavors of cranberry and cherry intermingle with spicy oak notes. On the palate, this wine has bright acidity and integrated tannin that gives a smooth and lengthy finish.

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2012 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

The Vineyards

The 2012 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a blend from the Rice-Spivak and Emmaline Ann Vineyards. The Rice-Spivak Vineyard is a seven 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. The Emmaline Ann Vineyard is a three acre vineyard near the town of Freestone. This vineyard has pure Goldridge sandy loam soils and Dijon clonal selections. The proximity to the ocean along with the higher elevation of this vineyard contributes to the elegant and balanced characteristics that are definitive of the Emmaline Ann Vineyard.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes

This is a beautifully complex wine that offers the unexpected. This wine begins with an aromatic blast of bright cherry and tea leaf. Flavors of cherry and cranberry round out the firm, yet supple tannin. The mouth-watering acidity leads into an elegant and lingering finish.

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2012 LaRue Emmaline Ann Vineyard Pinot Noir

The Vineyard

The Emmaline Ann Vineyard is a three acre vineyard near the town of Freestone. This vineyard has pure Goldridge sandy loam soils and Dijon clonal selections. The proximity to the ocean along with the higher elevation of this vineyard contributes to the elegant and balanced characteristics that are definitive of the Emmaline Ann Vineyard.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes

When you first smell this wine, you are immediately transported to a foggy coastal morning with aromas of fresh cherry and strawberry intermingled with notes of forest floor. On the palate, this wine is mouth filling with the oak being present, yet integrated. The bright acidity carries this wine to a lasting finish.

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2011 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

The Vineyards

The 2011 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a blend from the Rice-Spivak and Emmaline Ann Vineyards. The Rice-Spivak Vineyard is a seven 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. The Emmaline Ann Vineyard is a three acre vineyard near the town of Freestone. This vineyard has pure Goldridge sandy loam soils and Dijon clonal selections. The proximity to the ocean along with the higher elevation of this vineyard contributes to the elegant and balanced characteristics that are definitive of the Emmaline Ann Vineyard.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes

Aromas of plum, cherry, and strawberry evolve into hints of rose petal, dried apricot, jasmine, and crushed quartz. These captivating scents intermingle with aromas of leather, smoked meats, and cardamom. There is an ethereal entrance to this wine that gives way to a structured mid-palate with a seamless balance of fruit and acid. Flavors of sweet cherry, bright strawberry, and creamy oak lead to an effortless and lingering finish.

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2010 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

The Vineyards

The 2010 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is solely from the Rice-Spivak vineyard, which is a seven acre vineyard southwest 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 creates a wine that is balanced with good acidity, fresh aromas and unmistakable minerality.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes

This wine begins with aromas of sweet cherry, creamy blueberry, black cranberry, and violets, with subtle notes of rose petals, tea box, and nutmeg-cinnamon spice. On the palate, flavors of candied strawberry, red plum, spicy minerality, and cranberry compote complement a lively, yet balanced acidity. There is a seamless quality to this wine that carries the weight from entry to finish.

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2009 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

The Vineyards

The 2009 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a blend from three coastal vineyards near the towns of Occidental and Sebastopol. The Rice-Spivak vineyard is a seven acre vineyard southwest of the town of Sebastopol. The Emmaline and Joy Road vineyards are both small three acre vineyards near the town of Occidental. These vineyards are very much influenced by their proximity to the ocean and portray characteristics of low yields, soils that impart subtle minerality, and small berries with great intensity of fruit flavor, all of which are features that distinguish the true Sonoma Coast.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes

This wine has aromas of cranberry and cream that evolve into cola and black tea, blueberry, and forest floor. Subtle barrel notes of cinnamon and nutmeg round off the aroma. The mouthfeel is lush with the acid carrying the mid-palate. This wine has a solid structure with a clean, creamy oak finish. This wine should be enjoyed now through 2014.

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