2012 Larue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

"The 2012 LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a blend from the Rice-Spivak and Emmaline Ann vineyards. This is a beautifully complex wine that offers the unexpected. This wine begins with an aromatic blast of bright cherry and tea leaf. Flavors of cherry and cranberry round out the firm, yet supple tannin. The mouth-watering acidity leads into an elegant and lingering finish. LaRue. To some a beautiful name, to one woman a pesky given name that she never cared for. Veona LaRue Newell was a very special woman. She was a woman who lived through the Depression with four small children. She was the great-grandmother of owner and winemaker Katy Wilson. She never let a thing get her down and stayed witty even at 97 years old. She was and continues to be an inspiration. Veona LaRue was a firm believer that if you put your nose to the grindstone, then you will be able to accomplish almost anything. With her as a role model, Katy worked her way from being a small town farm girl to earning her Bachelor’s Degree in both Wine & Viticulture and Agricultural Business from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. She then went on to work at wineries such as Joseph Phelps, Torbreck, Craggy Range, Flowers and Kamen. During her time at Flowers, she fell in love with the Sonoma Coast and truly developed a passion for making pinot noir. It is with this passion that she has made LaRue Wines." -Winery [+]