2010 Peay Vineyards Chardonnay Estate, Sonoma Coast

93 points — Tanzer’s IWC


Pale yellow-gold.  Intensely perfumed bouquet of melon, pear skin, white flowers and iodine, with a chalky overtone.  Deeply pitched, palate-staining orchard fruit and lemon curd flavors are lifted by zesty acidity and pick up a smoky quality with air.  Rich but light on its feet, finishing with outstanding thrust and lingering florality.  I also had the chance to retaste the 2009 bottling of this wine and it has put on weight since last year without loss of vivacity; I’d bet on it being at its peak in about three years.

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