2010 Peay Vineyards "Pomarium" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1144769 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red. Alluring aromas of red fruit preserves, incense and candied rose, with smoke and mineral overtones. Juicy, sharply focused raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show impressive depth and energy, with a slow-mounting florality. Refuses to let up on the finish, which strongly repeats the raspberry and rose notes. (ST)  (5/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Autumn leaves, spices, tobacco and dried cherries waft from the glass in the 2010 Pinot Noir Pomarium. A wine of considerable aromatic lift and perfume, the 2010 also has plenty of underlying structure. Today, the 2010 is exotic and beguiling, but also at times a bit fragile. Savory herbs, tobacco and floral notes linger on the close. The Pomarium is the most elusive of the Peay Pinots. Constantly changing in the glass, it delivers notable complexity and personality in spades. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. (AG)  (4/2013)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 Named for the apple orchard the Peays replanted to vines, this Pinot is among the best vintages we’ve tasted from this ridge in Annapolis. The crop was short, due to a cool, wet spring that impeded flowering; the harvest was relatively late, due to a generally cool fall. The wine starts out with delicate raspberry and strawberry scents, carried on lovely coastal freshness. That freshness lasts over the course of several days of air, while the primary aspects of the fruit relent, yielding hints of flowers, the perfume of red apple skins and blueberry skins adding to the mineral edges in the tannins. Tightly structured, this is a wine to age for six years or more.  (6/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A delicate style, with an emphasis on snappy cherry, plum, wilted rose and crushed rock, followed by a complex, lingering finish. Drink now through 2022. (JL)  (9/2012)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).