2016 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
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.
§ Production: 175 cases
§ Aged for 20 months in French oak (28% new) § Alcohol: 13.5%
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.