2013 Larue Rice Spivak Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
"Katy Wilson, owner and winemaker, learned her winemaking at Joseph Phelps, Craggy Range in New Zealand, Flowers Winery where she was the assistant winemaker. Her wines have a certain transcendent aura that reminds you why you fell in love with Pinot Noir in the first place. La Rue Pinot Noirs are wines that could make you want to abandon your family, leave your job, and forfeit your hard-won position in the community for just one more bottle." -PinotFile
"LaRue is focused on producing high quality Pinot Noir exclusively from Sonoma Coast vineyards.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.
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." -Winery