Peay Vineyards Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, USA 2017
"The Sonoma Coast is made exclusively from our Estate fruit and over-delivers on every level. The blend includes a majority of the 15 Pinot noir clones we grow on the 35-acre Pinot noir vineyard. As such it captures the signature savory, earth, floral and fruit profile that makes the West Sonoma Coast and Peay Pinot noirs unique. The nose on the 2017 Sonoma Coast blend is a knock-out with a prominent orange rind and black tea quality reminiscent of our Scallop Shelf cuvee. The mouth confirms the impression on the nose adding aromas of rose petals and dried herbs along with tart dried fruit qualities. The mid palate is medium bodied with light silky tannins and bright acidity. This is a wine where earth, fruit and floral aromas are in harmony and as a result will become even better as the wine opens up and/or ages in bottle."
The 2016 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is a gorgeous entry-level wine from Peay. Gracious and light on its feet. Sweet red cherry, kirsch, rose petal and mint soar out of the glass. Pliant, silky and nuanced, the 2016 has so much to recommend it. The flavors are a touch exotic, but that is naturally more of an observation than a critique.
Antonio Galloni (2016 Vintage)