2010 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium red. Captivating pungent lift to the aromas of raspberry, red cherry, cola, underbrush, rose petal and orange peel. Juicy, sappy and intense, with bracing but well integrated acidity adding punch to the urgent red fruit and soil flavors. Dense but light on its feet thanks to its piquant elements of rose petal and blood orange. Finishes with firm tannins and excellent rising length and spicy lift.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Katy Wilson's 2010 Pinot Noir has come together beautifully since I tasted it last year. Juicy, expressive and quite pretty, the 2010 impresses for its solid core of fruit and exceptional balance. Hints of cinnamon, flowers and savory herbs add complexity on the finish. The style is soft, delicate and expressive, with lovely openness in the fruit and a hugely appealing, mid-weight personality. In 2010, the Pinot Noir is sourced exclusively from Rice-Spivak. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. Winemaker and proprietor Katy Wilson makes gorgeous, elegant Pinots. Wilson works as associate winemaker at Kamen, with Mark Herold, and has also spent time working with Ross Cobb, another of her mentors. It will be interesting to see where Wilson takes LaRue label over the coming years. Both vintages I have tasted have shown considerable promise.
LaRue winemaker, Katy Wilson, is very much a part of the new generation of winemakers which are putting class and elegance back into California wines. She is young, determined, and ridiculously talented. And, her wines show off every aspect of those facts without compromise. Not to mention Jon Bonné also wrote her up as a "Winemaker to watch" back in February of 2013. We think she's pretty cool too!