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Sonoma with Katy Wilson

We just started representing Katy Wilson's wines from her label LaRue and are really excited to have them. Her 2011s were a standout for us at last February's In Pursuit of Balance NYC tasting and one of our favorite wines in the room. (And that was before we had any intention to represent a new producer.)

Her current production is a small, around 400 cases, so we only got a handful of cases of her 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. In 2011, the wine is a blend from the Rice-Spivak and Emmaline Ann Vineyards. The Rice-Spivak Vineyard is a seven acre vineyard south of the town of Sebastopol. The soils on this vineyard are Goldridge sandy loam along with volcanic ash. The Goldridge is very common for the area, while the volcanic ash is quite unusual. The Emmaline Ann Vineyard is a three acre vineyard near the town of Freestone. This vineyard has pure Goldridge sandy loam soils and Dijon clonal selections.

Last year, Jon Bonné called her a "winemaker to watch" and a recent visit to check out her vineyards and taste her '13s out of barrel confirmed that for us. See below for some shots from the trip.