Peay Vineyards - Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard 2021 (750ml)
Jeb Dunnuck by Audrey Frick 96 points
"The 2021 Pinot Noir Savoy pours a ripe ruby and delivers notes of bright cherry, peppery spice, and roses. Medium-bodied, it has fine-grained tannins and a fresh spine of acidity, with notes of more pure red fruit, crunchy earth, and cinnamon. It is the only wine in this lineup that’s not made from estate fruit. Drink 2025-2045.Peay was founded by brothers Andy and Nick Peay in the remote coastal region of Annapolis, where they found a unique break in the coastal range that cools and moderates the temperatures. They initially planted the first 30 acres in 1998, followed by another 17 acres in 2001, and six acres in 2007. 2001 was their first vintage, producing varietal wines dedicated to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Viognier from volcanic and nutrient-poor marine soils of silty loam with low clay content. Winemaker Vanessa Wong had previously been at Chateau Lafite-Rothschild in Bordeaux, Domaine Jean Gros in Burgundy, and with Peter Michael prior to joining Peay in 2000. The estate has been certified organic for the past eight years. Peay was one of the original five wineries who joined forces to create what is now the West Sonoma Coast Vintners Association. At Peay, the whites all undergo native fermentations and are unfined and unfiltered. The reds do not follow a recipe regarding oak and stem inclusion, but the philosophy is to highlight the purity and intrinsic character of the wines and not obscure it. Named after the natural features of the property, they are highly expressive and singular wines that reflect their cool climate and mountainous terrain origins with distinctive notes of sous bois and age-worthy structure."
Wine Advocate 95 points
"The 2021 Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard has deep aromas of raspberry and redcurrant, aniseed, mushroom, earth and lavender. The medium-bodied palate echoes the generosity and layering of the nose, offering concentrated flavor layers and loads of earthy accents. It has a chalky frame, seamless acidity and a very long, layered finish. It's drinking beautifully straight from the bottle."
Vinous 93 points
"The 2021 Pinot Noir Savoy is bright, perfumed and full of character. Crushed red berry fruit, blood orange, mint and wild flowers give the 2021 terrific lift. This mid-weight, pliant Anderson Valley Pinot is a real charmer. Best of all, it will drink well upon release."
Jeb Dunnuck: 96 Points
Wine Advocate: 95 Points
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