2020 Peay Vineyards Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, California
This may be the most hedonistically pleasing Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Peay has ever made. The warmth during harvest is reflected in the wine with the fruit notes driving the profile. Many blocks usually found in the Estate Pinot noirs are in this blend and, as a result, you find some of the blood orange aromas from Scallop Shelf (due to the Pommard selection) and cherry notes from Ama (block 7 suitcase clone) playing leading roles in the aroma. The palate is soft, juicy and round with some cherry licorice and mineral notes added. The finish has slightly salivating acidity with hints of the earthy, dried forest floor notes common to Peay's style. Due to the fruit-driven vintage and winemaking decisions (no new oak), this wine is fully-integrated despite its youth and is ready to strut itself right now. I recommend a little decant to let the wine emerge and I found it even more energetic and expressive on day two.
Only 900 cases made. 100% estate grown and free run juice.