Peay Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016 [6/cs]

peay sonoma coast pinot noir
California Sonoma County
Pinot Noir
Type: Red Table Wine
Vintage: 2016

Peay’s Sonoma Coast bottling includes a majority of the 15 Pinot Noir clones they grow on their organically-farmed 35-acre vineyard. The site is located on a hilltop perched above a river in the far northwestern corner of the West Sonoma Coast. This is a wine that over-delivers for its price point, ¬†deftly capturing the signature savoury, earthy, floral, and fruit-rich profile that makes West Sonoma Coast and Peay Pinots unique. The bright nose on the 2016 is a knock-out, the spice-laden ginger bread and tobacco leaf aromas accenting a raspberry and cherry core of fruit. There is a lean depth on the palate, without excess, and the round mouthfeel on the mid-palate is held in check by light tannins that soften with air. Hibiscus, briny sea salt, and herbes de Provence flavours linger on the long finish. This compelling, engaging wine.


Harvested when the fruit was still cool from night air, bunches were largely de-stemmed before maceration. After a wild-yeast ferment, the wine aged in French oak (23% new) for nearly a year before it was bottled, unfined and unfiltered.

 

“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 flavours are a touch exotic, but that is naturally more of an observation than a critique. 2018 – 2026”

92 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2018