Stephen Tanzer 2009 LaRue 91 points

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar gives LaRue 91 points!

May/June ‘11

By Josh Raynolds

2009 LaRue Wines Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

($60) Bright red.  Powerful aromas of cherry compote, blackberry, black cardamom and smoky minerals, with a suave floral quality and a hint of resinous herbs.  Mouthfilling dark berry flavors are given bite by tangy acidity and pick up a candied violet nuance with air.  Plenty rich in flavor but there’s a weightless quality to this wine.  Finishes sappy, clinging and very long, leaving spice and floral notes behind.  Has the heft to handle rich foods without coming across as heavy; pretty impressive for a freshman effort. 91

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