Peay grows seven clones of Chardonnay on seven of the chilliest acres in their hill-top Sonoma Coast vineyard. They farm an assortment of Old Wente and Dijon clones; regardless of clone, their Chardonnays are united by chalky, citrus, apple, and pear notes, with vibrant energy from brisk acidity. This is not rich, buttery, fat Chardonnay.
This is a relatively young vineyard, converted from orchard land by the Peays. All seven acres of estate Chardonnay were in full production and making excellent wine by 2014, so in the 2015 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, purchased fruit comprises only 35% of the blend. This change led to the increased minerality and distinct flavour profile of the 2014 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and is evident in the 2015 too.
The youthful nose of the 2015 emphasizes attractive lemon curd, ripe apple, and green banana that will round out and diminish with time. The mouth has a silky, slightly oily texture that is round yet precise. The finish emphasizes the estate vineyard’s mineral profile with excellent acidity and a long finish.
“The 2015 Chardonnay Estate is laced with the essence of slate, stone fruit, mint and white pepper. Bright, sculpted and nuanced, the 2015 screams with class. The 2015 deftly manages to be rich and intense, but not at all heavy. A hint of reduction adds nuance without being overpowering.”
95 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, March 2017