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Peay Vineyards Chardonnay 2012

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The 2012 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a blend of barrels from our estate vineyard in the Annapolis region of the West Sonoma Coast, the nearby Campbell vineyard, and the Searby vineyard located in the southern portion of the West Sonoma Coast near the town of Occidental. The cool vintage is captured in a nose filled with melon, green almond, and lime oil aromas. On the palate, mandarin orange, anise and stony, mineral notes linger on the finish. The mouth has medium weight and, as is typical with Peay Chardonnays, is quite focused and delineated. The 2012 Sonoma Coast has a little more complexity, roundness and depth of flavor than the delicious 2011. It is a well-balanced, cool climate Chardonnay that should reach optimal drinking sometime between 2016 to 2020.

Region: USA » California

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Winery: Peay Vineyards
Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Peay Vineyards:
Peay Vineyards is located in the far northwestern corner of Sonoma County approximately 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean near Sea Ranch. The vineyard is situated along the coast, but not on the very first ridge. We have a partially obstructed avenue formed by the Wheatfield Fork of the Gualala River that allows for some fog and copious cool air penetration. The vineyard sits on a hilltop that is ... Read more
Peay Vineyards is located in the far northwestern corner of Sonoma County approximately 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean near Sea Ranch. The vineyard is situated along the coast, but not on the very first ridge. We have a partially obstructed avenue formed by the Wheatfield Fork of the Gualala River that allows for some fog and copious cool air penetration. The vineyard sits on a hilltop that is not way up in the air, but just at the top of the fog level, low enough to be very cool, but high enough not to be too cool and wet to grow grapes. We think it is the perfect combination of climatological factors. California has a diverse range of microclimates. Our hilltop vineyard also expresses many subtle variations depending on whether it faces south, southeast or west; sits high on the hilltop in the afternoon breeze with full sun; or rests lower on the slope with greater fog influence and less sunlight. But make no mistake, this is pretty cool climate for grape growing. We cross our fingers hoping that the fruit will ripen before rains start in late October/early November. In some years, getting it ripe may be a challenge. But that is why we produce superior fruit. Due to the cool climate we have a long growing season with moderate temperatures ideal for maximizing the production of intense flavors and phenolic compounds that result in complex wines. And we will always have plenty of acid to provide structure. No flabby, overripe wines here. Read less
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The 2012 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a blend of barrels from our estate vineyard in the Annapolis region of the West Sonoma Coast, the nearby Campbell vineyard, and the Searby vineyard located in the southern portion of the West Sonoma Coast near the town of Occidental. The cool vintage is captured in a nose filled with melon, green almond, and lime oil aromas. On the palate, mandarin orange, anise and stony, mineral notes linger on the finish. The mouth has medium weight and, as is typical with Peay Chardonnays, is quite focused and delineated. The 2012 Sonoma Coast has a little more complexity, roundness and depth of flavor than the delicious 2011. It is a well-balanced, cool climate Chardonnay that should reach optimal drinking sometime between 2016 to 2020.

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