Past Vintages

2017 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

Bright citrus notes of lemon zest and orange blossom burst from the glass and are followed by aromas of nectarine, white peach, and apricot skin. On the palate, the acidity is vibrant and lively. The wine shows great texture with a slightly creamy note due to extended time on the lees. The finish is smooth, balanced, and lingers on the palate.

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2016 LaRue Rice-Spivak Vineyard Pinot Noir

The Vineyard

The 2016 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

Notes of black cherry, ripe strawberry, and spiced plum are balanced with aromas of white pepper, clove, and savory oak spices. On the palate, flavors of fresh raspberry and juicy cranberry are heightened by the vibrant acidity in this wine. The texture is smooth and mouth filling and subtle oak notes that linger in the palate.

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2016 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

Aromas of bright cherry and just ripe plum are elevated by subtle notes of orange peel, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Rounding out the aromatic profile are spices of thyme, sage, and white pepper. Dark fruit flavors of blackberry and plum are seamlessly followed by subtle oak notes. The structure of this wine is mouth-filling, yet the tannins have a smooth and lingering finish on the palate.

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2016 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

The Vineyards

The 2016 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 youthful wine opens up with aromas of black cherry, just ripe strawberry, and red raspberry. Floral notes of violets, honeysuckle, and jasmine lift the aroma. On the palate, the fruit notes follow through and intermingle with flavors of cardamom, five spice, and a hint of vanilla. The mouth-feel is filling and round with supple tannin notes. Expected Aging: 5-7 years.

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2015 LaRue Rice-Spivak Vineyard Pinot Noir

The Vineyard

The 2015 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 has delightful aromas of raspberry, bing cherry, and spiced plum with hints of blood orange, anise, and leather. Fresh strawberry, cranberry, and pomegranate flavors are elevated by the bright acidity. The finish has a smooth texture and subtle tannin, which is highlighted by the spicy oak notes that linger on the palate. Expected Aging: 10-15 years.

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2016 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

Fresh aromas of orange blossom and lemon zest open up into fragrances of honeysuckle, flint, and wet stone. The acidity is vibrant and racy with flavors of mandarin, peach, and nectarine rounding out the mid-palate. There is an unexpected mouth-filling texture in this wine from the extended time spent on lees. Faint oak notes offer a lingering finish.

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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 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

Dark fruit aromas of lush plum and brambly blackberry immediately burst from the glass and play off of the spice notes of sage, anise, and thyme. On the palate, the acidity is bright and flavors of cherry, strawberry, and cranberry intermingle with notes of oak spice. The mouth-filling tannin is present, yet integrated and lingers on the finish.

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2014 LaRue Coastlands 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. 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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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