The name Pomarium (po-mare-ee-um, Latin for “apple orchard”) harkens to the early 20th century when the hillside vineyard was planted to Bartlett pears and Gravenstein apples for dried fruit production to feed San Francisco.
The Pomarium blend is made from clones and blocks that capture dark fruit and earth flavours while also featuring high tone floral incense aromas. This offers a broad canvas and a balanced tension to the wine that makes it unique among wines from this area and from Pinot made, really, anywhere. In the last 3 vintages, the quality of Pomarium has improved dramatically and is more complex, nuanced and downright delicious than ever before and 2018 continues this upward trend.
“The 2018 Pinot Noir Estate Pomarium is the most inward of the Peay 2018 Pinots. There is good depth and density but the 2018 is decidedly inward looking today. A wine of power and drive, the Pomarium needs time to unwind, that’s pretty clear. At the same time, the potential is evident. Time in the glass brings out scents of rose petal, lavender, mint, sage and spice, along with gorgeous red/purplish berry fruit.”
96 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2020