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2012 Peay Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1156536 92 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (4/2014)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark 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. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2014)

K&L Notes

A great introduction to the Peay style, or a wine to enjoy while your single-vineyard bottlings are aging. From the winery: "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."

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