The Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is made almost entirely from grapes grown on the Peay Estate vineyard. It blends all of the clones produced by the winery, creating a good snapshot of the vintage and the essential character of the Estate’s Pinot Noir. The wine is made primarily from barrels that did not go into one of the three Estate wines (Ama, Pomarium, or Scallop Shelf) during the blending process. That being said, the team has focused on the “Estate” nature of the 2015 by reducing outside fruit sources, producing a Pinot Noir that capture the Peay Estate’s expression, not just the character of the Sonoma Coast appellation.
The resulting 2015 Sonoma Coast is very, very appealing. There is an exotic and heady floral-spice nose with musk, sandalwood, cardamom, and cedar aromas. The wine is already quite cohesive, with a focused progression from the front of the palate, where the fruit is featured, through the mid-palate, for texture, to the long, clean finish.
There is a superb balance of fruit, earth, spice, and floral notes. The acidity makes it energetic and not overly-weighed down or ponderous. On the finish, light tannins frame the wine that with one to two years in bottle will soften and resolve. You will find a great deal of class and refinement at this price point.
“The 2015 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is a terrific appellation level wine from Peay. Bright red stone fruit, blood orange, tobacco, mint and orange peel give the wine its distinctive upper register. Finessed and light on its feet, the 2015 exudes class. This is a fabulous showing and an overachiever for the year. 2018-2025”
93 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2017