Syrah, ‘La Bruma – Estate’, Peay Vineyards
We farm organically and have for the past 8 years. We are not certified, however. We are not dogmatic, black and white people, and farming on the coast means we are often thrown curve balls. If we needed to address something that threatens the vineyard – and there is no organic alternative – we would do it to save the vineyard. But we have not for 8 years.
We employ 8 year-round workers in the vineyard. They have worked for us for years and have become a highly skilled and integral part of the place. Everything is done by hand though we use tractors for spraying, hauling fruit, undervine tilling, and the like. Our workers touch each vine over 13 times per year. Having our own “crew” is rare as it is expensive but the care and attention they give our vineyard translates into the wine you drink.
Lastly, we use bio-diesel in our tractors. This allows us to minimize our reliance on certain fossil fuels at the expense of withstanding the smell of French fries while we work. We also power our vineyard and winery via solar panel arrays. Can you taste the effects of these last practices? Probably not, but perhaps the intention behind them.
The La Bruma cuvée is our more berry and floral driven Syrah and the classic 2014 La Bruma is no exception. The violet notes are supported by grilled bread, new leather and blood aromas with hints of cloves and cinnamon stick. These last toasty notes will integrate over the next 5 years. The mouth has the classic La Bruma flavors of iron, blackberry, ink (or lead pencil) and cherry with medium body and great acid. The La Bruma still tastes a little young at this stage but by winter will be approachable and will bring great enjoyment over the next 15+ years
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Press & Reviews
Peay's 2014 Syrah Estate La Bruma is raw and powerful but also full of potential. Dark red cherry, plum, blood orange and exotic spice notes run through the wine. Rich, powerful and deeply expressive, La Bruma is super-pedigreed. Red-toned fruit and prominent floral notes distinguish it from the darker, wilder Les Titans Syrah. The 2014 is one of the very best La Brumas I can remember tasting.