Blind Tasting Winner!

Last week we conducted a blind tasting of well-known 2015 & 2016 Pinot Noirs.  While all wines were top-notch, a few stood out and here are the results:

  • Aubert CIX (97 Points)
  • Pisoni “Estate”
  • Babcock “Je ne sais quoi” (95 Points)
  • Loring “Aubaine” (94 Points)
  • Walt “Sierra Mar” (94 Points)
  • Brewer Clifton “459” (95 Points)
  • Brickhouse “Les Dijonaise” (95 Points)
  • The Hilt “Vanguard” (94 Points)
  • Paul Lato “Contender” (95 Points)
  • Peay “Pomarium”

My group of 12 tasters and spitters rated the wines as follows:
Peay  5 First, 6 Second, 1 Third = 103/120
Pisoni 4 First, 3 Second, 3 Third, 1 Fourth, 1 Sixth = 79/120
Paul Lato  2 First, 2 Second, 6 Third , 2 Fourth =  66/120
Aubert 1 First, 1 Second, 2 Third, 6 Fourth = 48/120

Our first place always gets 10 Points, second gets 8, and third gets 5 points, all other votes are 1 point
Maximum amount of points = 120 (i.e. 12 first place votes)

Peay 2016 Pinot Noir “Pomarium” Sonoma Coast
GGWC 64.99
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The Pomarium is made from clones and blocks that capture dark fruit and earth flavors while also featuring high tone floral incense aromas. This offers a broad canvas and a balanced tension to the wine that makes it unique among wines from our area and from Pinot noir made, really, anywhere.

The nose on the 2016 Pomarium has a powerful core reminiscent of Japanese plums, which are tangy and tart while also dark and deep black. The floral quality keeps the aroma lifted and bright and not heavy. The palate reveals a more serious and masculine side with dried leaf qualities, dark berry, blood/iron, and blood orange flavors all held together by fine tannins. This is a very good Pomarium and will age beautifully for many years to come.

Galloni 95 Points: “The Peay Pinot Noir Estate Pomarium brings together all the elements of the house style. The creaminess of Ama meets the more tannic profile of the Scallop Shelf in a vivid, nuanced Pinot Noir that hits all the right notes. Dark cherry, plum, rose petal, lavender, licorice, spice and new leather infuse the creamy, expansive finish. The Pomarium is a winner.”

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