Pinot Noir, ‘Savoy Vyd’, Peay Vineyards
The pursuit of aromatic, elegant, red-fruited Pinot noir led us to the chilly edge of the West Sonoma Coast just 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Due to our cool, moderate weather we experience quite a long growing season that allows us to pick fruit that is ripe without the encumbrance of too much sugar (and resulting alcohol), yet retains the refreshing acidity and top noted aromatics that make Pinot noir so engaging.
We grow 35 acres of Pinot noir split in to 20-25 separate blocks based on clonal selection (13 and counting), aspect, elevation (600-775 feet) and various other factors. We pick them individually and vinify 20-25 Pinot noirs each vintage. The three estate blends (Ama, Pomarium and Scallop Shelf) are each a combination of 5-6 clones and blocks and do not represent a specific area of the vineyard but instead are an expression of Pinot noir from the vineyard. We make these blends without knowledge of how many cases of each wine we will produce, how much new oak is involved, or what clones are in which wine. This “blind” process keeps us focused on making the absolute best expression of that blend without any financial or other considerations. Any barrels that do not go into one of the estate wines are blended with wines made from neighboring vineyards to make the Sonoma Coast cuvee. That process is also blind and any remaining barrels are declassified and comprise the Cep Pinot noir.
The Savoy Pinot noir is the most easy-going and fruit-oriented of our single vineyard Pinot noirs fully capturing the qualities that have made Savoy one of the greatest Pinot noir vineyards in the New World. Though our interpretation might be a touch less hedonistic than most producers of this wine, there is a certain come hither quality I find very compelling. I often have trouble spitting out Savoy when I am pouring it all day for customers in the market. It is 5 p.m. somewhere in the world, I say. The 2016 Savoy features an apple brown betty base note with hibiscus and cherry blossom aromas accenting. The flavors in the mouth are captivating with deep red fruit like a bing or maraschino cherry rolled in brown spices and candied orange with a broad, fleshy mid-palate. An orange, raspberry, and a slight metallic tang linger on the medium length finish. Delicious and seamless this wine will age beautiful and is showing very well on release.
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Press & Reviews
The 2016 Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard, from Anderson Valley, is the most accessible and open of these Pinots. Bright red cherry, plum and orange peel are all nicely pushed forward. Although not as complex or pedigreed as Peay's Sonoma Coast wines, the Savoy is tasty and very easy to like.