Aging Recommendations

Yes. Do it. You will be rewarded.

We are often asked how Peay wines age. To include you in the discovery, we pour older vintages next to current release wines when hosting a wine dinner. Without fail, people who love the current wines are amazed by the complexity of the older wines. The vines were not very old when those wines were made but they have held up well due to their balance; the tannins and acidity have allowed them to become more nuanced, complex and compelling with time. Just like all of us!

Here are recommendations on when we think these wines will hit their peak moment. One caveat, these recommendations show a bias toward aged aromas. We like the subtle, dried flower, nutty, waxy, less fruity and integrated aromas that often arise after time in the bottle. If you like power and fruit, drink them young!


Pinot noir (Estate)

  • 2002-03: Drink.Rust, dried blood
  • 2004: Drink. Ripe flavors. Delicious.

Pinot noir (Pomarium)

  • 2005: Drink. Perfect in 2017
  • 2006: Drink. Perfect in 2017
  • 2007: Hold to 2018-2020. Let brett further integrate
  • 2008: Drink. A little awkward
  • 2009: Drink/Hold to 2021. Very primary, dark, but yummy
  • 2010: Drink/Hold to 2022. Deep and dark
  • 2011: Drink. Bright and vibrant
  • 2012: Hold to 2018-2023. Masc., blood, iron, tannins need time
  • 2013: Drink/Hold to 2024. Yummy but primary
  • 2014: Drink/Hold to 2025. Lovely, tannins need some time.
  • 2015: Hold to 2018-2030. Gorgeous nose

Pinot noir (Scallop Shelf)

  • 2005: Drink. Perfect in 2017
  • 2006: Drink. Perfect in 2017
  • 2007: Drink/Hold to 2017-2020. Let brett further integrate
  • 2008: Drink. Awkward. Masculine
  • 2009: Drink/Hold to 2021. Wow, aromatic.
  • 2010: Drink/Hold to 2022. Yin and yang. Very good
  • 2011: Drink. Bright and fresh. Singing.
  • 2012: Hold to 2023. Super. Earthy, masculine. Tannins need time.
  • 2013: Drink/Hold to 2024. Delicious now and for a long time.
  • 2014: Drink/Hold to 2025. Combo 12 and 13.

Pinot noir (Ama)

  • 2009: Drink. Powerful, rich, fruit driven.
  • 2010: Drink/Hold to 2022. More mineral and cherry notes
  • 2011: Drink. Singing. Best of the vintage.
  • 2012: Drink/Hold to 2023. Superb. Most approachable of vintage
  • 2013: Drink/Hold to 2024. Best Ama to date
  • 2014: Drink/Hold to 2025. Needs time. Huge promise.

Pinot noir (Sonoma Coast)

  • 2009: Drink. Secondary aromas have come on to great effect.
  • 2010: Drink/Hold to 2020. Yummy.
  • 2011: Drink. Bright and fresh.
  • 2012: Drink/Hold to 2020. Some 2dary aromas.
  • 2013: Drink/Hold to 2020. Young and spicy
  • 2014: Drink/Hold to 2021. So well balanced

Pinot noir (Savoy)

  • 2011: Drink. More intensity than estate pinots
  • 2012: Drink/Hold to 2018. Great balance earth and fruit.
  • 2013: Drink/Hold to 2019. Round and delicious.
  • 2014: Drink/Hold to 2020. Fragrant and minerally.

Viognier

  • 2001-2013: Drink. Losing character. Drink up!
  • 2014: Drink/Hold to 2018.

Roussanne/Marsanne

  • 2001-06: Drink. Plenty of oxidized character
  • 2007-09: Drink/Hold to 2023. Between fruit and oxidative qualities
  • 2009-15: Hold to 2019-2025. Hold for nutty and wax qualities

Syrah (Estate)

  • 2001-03: Drink. Earth, leather, blood. Yum.

Syrah (La Bruma)

  • 2004: Drink. Finally loosened its grip
  • 2005: Drink/Hold to 2020. Magnificent. Pepper, blood…
  • 2006: Drink/Hold to 2025. Powerful, rich
  • 2007: Drink/Hold to 2020. Meaty and earthy
  • 2008: Drink. Smoky, masculine
  • 2009: Drink/Hold to 2029. Powerful, still youthful
  • 2010: Drink/Hold to 2020. Cold year not at much depth as 09
  • 2011: Drink. Precise, cut, pepper and floral
  • 2012: Drink/Hold to 2020. Showing well. Soon, not as much depth as 13 or 14.
  • 2013: Drink/Hold to 2025. Very good. Hold for more complexity
  • 2014: Hold to 2018-2035. Best since 05

Syrah (Les Titans)

  • 2004: Drink. Getting quieter. Drink up
  • 2005: Drink/Hold to 2020. Love this wine.
  • 2006: Drink/Hold to 2025. A powerhouse. Great now. Great later
  • 2007: Drink/Hold to 2020. Meaty and earthy. Hold for more delicacy
  • 2008: Drink. Masculine and dark.
  • 2009: Drink/Hold to 2029. In great shape and may get even better
  • 2011: Drink. Bright, fresh, peppery. Lots of energy but will not age forever.
  • 2012: Drink/Hold to 2020. Showing well. Soon, not as much depth as 13 or 14.
  • 2013: Drink/Hold to 2028. Best since 05. Hold for more integration

Chardonnay (Estate)

  • 2003: OTH
  • 2004: variable, some excellent, some OTH
  • 2005: OTH
  • 2006-09:Drink, perfect time
  • 2010: Drink/Hold to 2020. Oak needs to fold in.
  • 2011: Drink, beautiful and precise. Like Chablis
  • 2012: Hold to 2018-2020. Needs some time to integrate
  • 2013: Drink/Hold to 2023. Tremendous. Now and later
  • 2014: Drink/Hold to 2023. Has it all, more time for more nuance.

Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)

  • 2009-12: Drink. Ready now
  • 2013: Drink/Hold to 2020. Will gain more nuttiness with a few more years.
  • 2014: Drink/Hold to 2021. Vibrant and fresh.
  • 2015: Hold to 2018. Youthful fruit aromas will back down

Chardonnay (Other)

  • 2006 Hirsch: Drink
  • 2009 Hirsch: Drink