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Peay Vineyards - Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016


  • Country: USA
  • Wine Region: California
  • Wine Area: Sonoma County
  • Wine Maker: Vanessa Wong
  • Grape: Pinot Noir
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.2%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 92 (2010) JR: 17.5 (2011) VS: 91 (2012) W&S: 92 (2012)

Wine tasting notes

The 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot noir comes mainly from our estate vineyard with a few barrels from Campbell vineyard. The Sonoma Coast expresses all of the characteristics of our estate cuvées featuring the red berry, earthy, pine needle aromas you find in Scallop Shelf, Pomarium and Ama. In the superb 2012 vintage this wine has a level of depth, age-ability and complexity that is quite surprising. Black tea and dried leaf aromas frame a tart strawberry rhubarb nose. The palate shows more youthful characteristics adding primary aromas of black cherry and brown spices. The palate has medium weight and breadth with moderate alcohol and quite good acidity. The fine, silky tannins provide structure for a very long finish. It can be enjoyed now though waiting until 2015 will allow the flavors to temper their exuberance and coalesce. It should drink well for at least a decade (or more) after release.

Winery Information

Peay Vineyards

Peay Vineyards is a partnership between Vanessa Wong, and Andy and Nick Peay. They make wine from a cold, marginal site on the extreme Sonoma Coast. Founded in 1998, this remote 48-acre hilltop vineyard is located above a river gorge in the far northwestern corner of the Sonoma Coast, 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean in Annapolis. The property was originally an apple orchard known as the Peterson Ranch.They grow 34 acres of Pinot Noir (15 clonal selections including both Dijon clones and heritage.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2010)92 pts

Wine Advocate #206 Apr 2013 - Antonio Galloni - Layers of perfumed, sweet red fruit flow effortlessly from the 2010 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast. Sublime and beautifully balanced, the 2010 impresses for its vibrant, chiseled fruit and impeccable sense of harmony. Sweet floral and spiced notes add lift on the finish. The 2010 is drop-dead gorgeous, especially for an appellation wine. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. (2011)17.5 pts

Tasted Oct 2013 - Bright, lightish crimson. Ripe sweet cherry. Cherry pie and a hint of vanilla. Tart cherry intensity on the palate. Focus on the fruit but not overly sweet. Not fleshy in the middle. Focused. Dry finish. (JH)

Vinous/Stephen Tanzer (2012)91 pts

May/June '14 by Josh Raynolds - Bright ruby-red. Sexy, high-pitched raspberry and cherry scents are complicated by fresh flowers and pungent spices. Silky and sweet on the palate, with an array of red fruit flavors that pick up a cola quality with air. Finishes with very good energy and lift and supple tannins, leaving a candied rose note behind.

Wine & Spirits (2012)92 pts

Sourced mostly from Peay’s Annapolis estate, with a small portion garnered from the nearby Campbell Ranch, this has a coastal purity to its aroma, a clean, violet perfume that’s captivating. Structurally, the wine is taut, the tannins holding a chalky grip even with a day of air. Another year in bottle should help round off its edges; save it for grilled whole sockeye during next autumn’s Pacific salmon run.