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Peay Ama Estate Pinot Noir 2011Peay Ama Estate Pinot Noir 2011
Size: 750ml
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Country: USA
Region: California
Sub-Region: Sonoma Coast

IWC 93

As described on the first page of the newsletter, the 2009 Ama Estate Pinot noir has emerged as a complete, unique expression of Pinot noir from our vineyard. The nose is quite seductive with dark, brandied cherry notes framed by brown spices including cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. These are not simply overt oak influenced notes but part of the spiciness of the clones that make up this cuve. The fruit aromas on the palate are held together by brass and dried blood flavors and a lead or graphite (mineral) quality that gives the wine ballast. The mid-palate texture is broad and silky with excellent power and concentration brought into focus by notable acidity on the finish. As it is our inaugural vintage we wanted to be sure to price this wine so you would be willing to give it a try; we by no means, however, are sure it is inferior to our other estate cuves and are interested to hear what you think. Drink now with a decant or hold for 3-10+ years.


"Vibrant red. Pungent, sexy aromas of black raspberry, cherry pit, cocoa powder and incense. More serious, even masculine, compared to the Pomarium. Fresh and gripping, with impressive sappiness and extract to its dark berry and bitter cherry flavors. Finishes vibrant and very long, with palate-dusting floral, mineral and spice nuances. This is the inaugural vintage for this wine, which is sourced from a section of the Peay vineyard that's planted to a suitcase clone and Dijon clone 828." -Rated 93, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar