Peay Chardonnay 2015
All seven acres of Chardonnay from our estate vineyard were in full production and making excellent wine by 2014 so we were able to reduce the amount of purchased fruit for the 2015 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay to about 35% of the blend. This change led to the increased minerality and "Estate" flavor profile of the 2014 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and is evi- dent in the 2015, as well. The alluring and youthful nose of the 2015 emphasizes curd, golden delicious apple, and green banana aromas. I expect these youthful aromas to coalesce and diminish in richness with 1-2 years more in bottle but are quite attractive at this stage of development. The mouth has a silky, slightly oily texture that is round yet precise; a quality of Vanessa's winemaking I find singular and extraordinary. The finish emphasizes our Estate Chardonnay's mineral (think chalk, lead, stone) profile with excellent acidity and a medium to long finish.