The Domaine Romanee-Conti from California


Katy Wilson named her winery after her great-grandmother – Verona LaRue Newell.  Verona survived and suffered through the great depression.  Verona left a big impression on her and when she started her own business dedicated the winery “LaRue” to her.  Katy grew up on a farm and at a young age knew that she wanted to be a winemaker.  She drove a tractor before she could drive a car!  After graduating with a degree in winemaking, she gained experience working at many great wineries both in the US as overseas, Phelps, Craggy Range, Torbreck and most recent at Kamen, but it was during her days at Flowers that she fell in love with Pinot Noir and the Sonoma Coast.  She sources from two stellar vineyards, Rice-Spivak and Emmaline Ann – used by many great wineries like Cobb, Flowers, William Selyem, etc.

LaRue 2013 Rice-Spivak Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 72.99
Use code LARUEPN at checkout

This is a beautifully complex wine that offers the unexpected. The wine is rich and textured with fragrant aromas of Bing Cherries, crushed flowers and a touch of rose petals.  On the palate, this large Pinot Noir is full in flavor yet elegant and not flabby! If I was drinking Burgundy, I’d say Grand Cru Pommard! The wine is amazing from start to finish.  Lush bright cherries, tea leaves coat the palate. The wine’s balance is impeccable with the right touch of acid intertwined with great fruit. The finish is long and mouth-watering. Only 200 cases produced! Alcohol 12.5%

Galloni 94 Points: “One of the highlights in this range, the 2013 Pinot Noir Rice-Spivak is superb. Deep, dark and pliant, the 2013 captures a striking middle ground, with expressive aromatics and giving fruit, all with support from beams of tannin and acidity that shape the wine and add focus. This is another fabulous Pinot from Katy Wilson, but readers will have to be patient. Blood orange, spice and rose petal add an exotic flair on the close.”

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