2007 Peay Vineyards Estate Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

between 9.5 and 10 — Vinography

Palest gold in color with a hint of cloudiness, this wine smells like crushed stones and crushed nuts with hints of citrus zest that waft in at the last moment. In the mouth it is jaw-droppingly mineral in quality, more so than any California Chardonnay has any right to be (but to which most should aspire). Flavors of lemon zest, pine sap, and crushed stones slide silkily across the palate poised on the rails of perfect acidity. Aromas of hazelnut skin emerge on the incredibly long finish. Truly a masterpiece and definitely one of the best Chardonnays made in California.

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