The 2012 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a blend of barrels from our estate vineyard in the Annapolis region of the West Sonoma Coast, the nearby Campbell vineyard, and the Searby vineyard located in the southern portion of the West Sonoma Coast near the town of Occidental. The cool vintage is captured in a nose filled with melon, green almond, and lime oil aromas. On the palate, mandarin orange, anise and stony, mineral notes linger on the finish. The mouth has medium weight and, as is typical with Peay Chardonnays, is quite focused and delineated. The 2012 Sonoma Coast has a little more complexity, roundness and depth of flavor than the delicious 2011. It is a well-balanced, cool climate Chardonnay that should reach optimal drinking sometime between 2016 to 2020.
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