Peay Scallop Shelf Pinot Noir 2015
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The 2015 vintage created wines of poise, refinement and balance and the 2015 Scallop Shelf is not an exception. In the nose aromas of star anise and potpourri mingle with tarter red berries like lingonberry, Rainier cherry and blood orange. The fore palate is consistent with the nose and the ever-present earthy and forest floor flavors found in our wines frame the fruit. The Scallop Shelf is medium bodied and evolves smoothly as it carries to the back of the mouth with silky tannins present at this stage which encourages aging the wine a few years to soften and allow further cohesion. The finish is clean and quite persistent and overall the wine embodies what we desire from our Pinot noirs; body without weight, lift with ballast, refinement with power. I encourage you to drink a bottle in the first year after receiving it and to open a few bottles every few years to see how it evolves. It should shine and become increasingly more interesting, though more subtle, up to at least 15 years from vintage.