From the wine archives:
2018 Peay Vineyards Estate Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
As I smelled this wine all I could think about was drinking it with yogurt curried chicken (Rob Hunter’s delicious recipe can be found online at our web site.) This is a signature Peay Chardonnay stylistically somewhere between the 2016 and 2017 vintages. There is a transparency to our site unadorned with clunky winemaking decisions or overt ripeness. The nose has a floral top end with a whiff of smoke, mint leaf, and some Marcona almond notes that are further supported by a salty, tangy, lemony finish. The silky texture hints at richness but is held taut by bright acidity that tells you this is a Peay Chardonnay. You can enjoy it now and for many years to come. If scores are your thing, seek them out and you will see we are not alone in liking this wine.
Reviews for this wine
Shy to begin, the 2018 Estate Chardonnay hints at petrichor, lime peel, roasted almonds and elderflower on the nose. The light-bodied palate is minerally to begin, bursting with juiciness and fleshing out to broad pastry and nutty flavors, finishing very long. Lovely! Give it another 2-3 years in bottle. 465 cases produced.
Peay’s 2018 Chardonnay Estate is a superb wine that shows just how pedigreed Sonoma Coast Chardonnay can be. What I like most about the 2018 is its translucent personality and weightless sense of elegance. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint, white pepper and dried flowers are all finely-knit, but it is the wine’s textural feel that really elevates it into the realm of the sublime. A touch of reduction adds lingers on the finish nicely, without being obtrusive.
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Our wines are made from grapes grown on our 53-acre hilltop vineyard located above a river in the far northwestern corner of the West Sonoma Coast, 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean. We grow Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne. You can browse our current offerings in our online Wine Shop.