Julian Peay, Vanessa Wong and Nick Peay’s two-and-a-half-year-old son, likes blackberries. On a warm afternoon in August, he watched his father and his uncle, Andy, lead a stranger down into the vineyard. At what he believed to be a safe distance, he climbed down the porch of the farmhouse, stomped through the fence posts where a wooden gate used to be, hid for a moment under the crouching pear tree, then kicked some of the windfall on his way to the pricker bush.
A Wine Geek’s Guide to Pinot Noir Clones Around the World
“It is difficult to get a good feel for the true character of a clone when the site and the winemaker tend to make a strong impression,” says Nick Peay, of Peay Vineyards in Annapolis, California. “Not only is it exceedingly rare to taste a single clone out of a neutral barrel, [but] if the winemaker favors […]
USA, California, Sonoma County: Peay Vineyards Recent Releases
The Wine Advocate
Peay Vineyards exists at the edge of the imagination—and the edge of viticulture. Back in the mid-1990s, when Nick and Andy Peay were looking for a very cool site to grow Burgundian-inspired Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, no one had planted grapes so far north in Sonoma County. Wine Advocate August 2020