Peay Vineyards is the fruition of the love, passion, and the extraordinary efforts of three very different people. Brothers Nick and Andy Peay founded the project in 1996, planted the vineyard and, with winemaker Vanessa Wong, celebrated their first vintage in 2001. Each brings a specialty to the endeavor. Neck oversees viticulture, Vanessa handles winemaking and Andy is the marketing and sales guru. In 2006, Peay produced 4,000 cases and does not plan to grow much beyond that. Venessa has made it clear that beyond an 8,000-case production, she cannot smell every barrel sample every block and be personally involved in every step of the winemaking process.
From Green Apple Books to Great California Pinot Noir at Savoy Vineyard
Mendocino County’s Savoy Vineyard has been one of California’s premier’s sites for Pinot Noir since the 1990s and remains so today under the supervision of Ryan Hodgins.
Why This Bottle, Really?
The 2015 Scallop Shelf Pinot Noir, named for a cuvée coming from certain parcels with ancient maritime soils and sea-bed fossils, is an exceptional wine. To me, it is reminiscent of Chambolle-Musigny, showing a balance of earth and small red fruits, judicious and elegant seasoning with French oak, and a tension from acidity that makes the wine vibrant and deeply delicious. It is a supremely fine Pinot Noir; it excites me when I taste a California wine of such quality, complexity, and finesse.