Peay Vineyards Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Estate 2008

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93 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): Bright gold. Fresh Meyer lemon, orange zest, minerals and jasmine on the nose, with complicating notes of talc and anise. Plump and juicy on entry and through the middle, then tightens up on the back end, displaying potent citrus and honeydew character. Offers a compelling blend of fat and cut, and finishes spicy and very long. Decant this if you want to drink it now. (May/Jun 2010)

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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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04/27/2010

Toasty honeysuckle, stony fruits and peach. Very nice!



93 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): Bright gold. Fresh Meyer lemon, orange zest, minerals and jasmine on the nose, with complicating notes of talc and anise. Plump and juicy on entry and through the middle, then tightens up on the back end, displaying potent citrus and honeydew character. Offers a compelling blend of fat and cut, and finishes spicy and very long. Decant this if you want to drink it now. (May/Jun 2010)

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