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Peay Ama Estate Pinot Noir 2011Peay Ama Estate Pinot Noir 2011

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Size: 750ml
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Sonoma Coast
Producer: Peay Vineyards

IWC 93 W&S 93 V 94

The Ama Estate cuveť has become more refined in each vintage and has emerged as a very distinct expression of Pinot noir from our vineyard. There is a plum and blackberry core of fruit on the nose that evolves into dark cherry with light floral and spice notes keeping it light on the palate. The forest floor quality found in all of our pinots serves as a very good counterpoint to the fruit profile Ama is a touch more masculine than Scallop Shelf with more tannins and brass notes. Quite approachable now but with more bottle age this wine will emerge into a very exciting wine.


"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

"Selected from blocks planted at the Peayís Annapolis vineyard in 2001, this is brisk with spicy raspberry depths and muscular, racy tannins. Itís is a dynamic pinot noir, shading from red to dark fruit the way forest sunlight moves into shadow (or, in more direct terms, the way a vineís canopy shifts from cool, dappled light into full-on sun). Thereís power in the tannins, a concentrated force that will broaden and expand as the wine ages." -Rated 93, Wine and Spirits Magazine

"The 2011 Pinot Noir Ama Estate is striking for its expressive aromatics, purity of fruit and superb overall balance. Freshly cut flowers, crushed rocks, bright red fruit and mint all jump from the glass. The 2011 is all about precision and nuance. A pulsating, mineral-drenched finish makes it impossible to resist a second taste. What a gorgeous and totally classy wine this is." -Rated 94, Vinous