Nick Peay and Vanessa Wong, along with Nick’s brother, Andy, farm a remote 50-acre slice in the redwood of Annapolis, on the far Sonoma Coast. Conventional wisdom defines this area as California pinot country. But the fog-influenced cool climate has proved ideal for tense, peppery syrah, made by Wong at their winery directly inland in Cloverdale.
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 […]
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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