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