Our Estate vineyard is one of the coldest vineyards in California growing Syrah – in the world, for that matter. When we purchased the old sheep ranch and apple orchard we were concerned that we would not be able to ripen Pinot noir, much less Syrah. Due to the moderating effect of our maritime climate and our latitude, however, the onset of wet and cold weather is late and gradual and we experience cool days with full sunshine in October. This allows us an additional month to ripen our grapes in comparison to other typical Syrah growing regions of the world. Importantly, that last month of ripening weather is cool and signature aromas of white pepper, game, iron and leather remain in the grape skins that would “bake” out in a warmer region.
Cool climate Syrah can take two forms. They are either red-fruited with floral and sanguine notes or leaning towards dark fruit with meaty, earthy notes. Each of our two cuvées – La Bruma and Les Titans – capture one of these expressions along with our site’s mineral and white pepper characteristics. In both cases, refreshing acidity and low alcohol result in balanced wines with extraordinary age-ability. As a comparison, warm climate Syrah is characterized by big blue fruit and is often chocolate-y, soft, and rich. That profile is not what you will find in Peay Syrah. Our Syrah will intrigue you and enter your brain and end up finding a solid foundation in your belly.
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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.