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.