Peay’s Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is made almost entirely from grapes grown in the winery’s estate vineyard. Every year, it brings together all of the Pinot clones the winery grows, creating a balanced, nuanced snapshot of the vintage’s essential character. The wine is blended primarily from small lots that were not used in one of Peay’s three Estate wines (Ama, Pomarium, and Scallop Shelf). That being said, the team has focused on the “Estate” nature of the 2015 Sonoma Coast Pinot by limiting fruit purchased from other growers. This release in particular is a real expression of the Peay estate, more than an expression of the Sonoma Coast appellation.
The 2015 Sonoma Coast is undeniably appealing. The exotic, heady floral-spice nose is layered with musk, sandalwood, cardamom, and cedar aromas. Even young, the wine is quite cohesive, with a focused progression from the front of the palate to mid-palate to finish. There is a superb balance of fruit, earth, spice, and floral notes throughout. Acidity keeps it bright, not weighed-down or ponderous. The light tannins that frame the finish should soften and resolve with a couple years in bottle. This is pure class and refinement – excellent value, too.
“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