Peay Vineyards Sonoma Coast
This is a partnership between winemaker Vanessa Wong, vinegrower Nick Peay and marketeer Andy Peay who established their small, remote Sonoma Coast vineyard in the mid 1990s. They produce a small range of elegant and intensely flavoured wines from the Rhône varieties as well as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The whites tend to be more a touch more exuberant than the reds but still retain a fine cool grown mineral core. The Viognier is aged for 11 months on lees and, despite full malolactic, retains fresh acidity, giving the wine elegance and a little structure. Roussanne/Marsanne is subtle, restrained, nutty and balanced with a lovely minerality which gives the wine real character. It is aged, like the Viognier, in older wood and kept on lees after the malo. Estate Chardonnay is piercingly intense with citrus and stony, mineral notes underpinned by a toasty richness from barrelfermentation (40% new oak is used). A second Sonoma Coast example is also made. Pinot Noir comes in five guises. There is an impressive Sonoma Coast example and one from the Anderson Valley Savoy Vineyard. The three estate Pinot releases are Ama and Scallop Shelf as well as a third label Pomarium. These are tight, structured and very well crafted and need a little time. Ama is a touch more opulent and brooding than Scallop Shelf but both are very clearly elegant, cool grown styles. The Syrah’s are more Côte-Rotie than Cornas like and the cool climate character of the estate vineyards again shows through in the wines. La Bruma has a real mineral quality, while Les Titans is more dark-fruited and a touch weightier with more of a rich licorice character. The wines are given a cold-soak and aged in around 10% new wood. All are bottled unfined and unfiltered. (DM)
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