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 2018 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 2018 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is a stellar appellation-level wine from Peay. Sweet red cherry, red plum, blood orange, mint and exotic spice notes infuse the 2018 with striking layers of nuance. The Sonoma Coast Pinot, all from the estate, really overdelivers within its peer group, and outside too. It is such a gorgeous and alluring wine.”
93 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2020