Stunning Pinot Noir throws many big ones a curve ball.

The Peay Vineyards TeamI spent the morning tasting with Andy Peay, the owner of Peay Vineyards and his line-up was stunning! What really stood out was the 2010 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Later in the day I tasted with my wine group (22 wine professionals) and we each bring our “favorite” wine – that week was Pinot Noir week, so I opted to bring a bottle of Peay. I really impressed and surprised many of my friends. Some big names, Martinelli, Rochioli, Pisoni, Auteur, William Selyem and Kosta Browne were in the line-up. My little guy (FYI, the wine maker is a nice lady Vanessa Wong who crafted many great Peter Michael wines until she met Andy Peay and became Vanessa Peay, winemaker at Peay!)

Peay 2010 Pinot NoirPeay Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

The wine offers amazing depth and ballast while remaining very feminine and seductive (not overblown, not a fruit bomb). The color is a beautiful see-through red hue. The engaging aromas of citrus, duck sauce and red cherry flow out the glass. On the palate this well-structured ballerina offers modest weight and great expression of a-typical Pinot Noir characters, a touch of earthiness, cinnamon stick, cherries and a hint of cinnamon on the long finish. The wine is young and exuberant and will age nicely.