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|Appellation/Sub-Region||Sonoma County - Anderson Valley|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Organically Grown|
Winemakers Vanessa Wong and Nick Peay of Peay Vineyards carved out their place in California wine history by planting pinot noir on a ridge just inland from the Pacific Ocean in the northwest corner of Sonoma County. No one else in that region had attempted to grow grapes in such a damp, maritime climate. A quarter-century later, their experiment has borne fruit, as it were, with estate bottlings famed for their freshness and aromatics. At the same time, the exacting weather at their Sonoma Coast site keeps yields low and unpredictable year to year. In an effort to balance out their production levels from one year to the next, Peay also produces this pinot noir from the famed Savoy Vineyard, in Anderson Valley. Though not far to the north, in Mendocino County, Savoy reflects a significantly different climate: consistently warm days and cool nights facilitate the flowering of the vines and result in higher yields. When seeking to buy fruit from another vineyard, Vanessa and Nick chose carefully: their Savoy pinot carries through the savory, earthy character Peay wines are known for: here, that spice counterbalances the concentrated fruit flavors of a warmer-climate vineyard. Organically grown.