Peay's 2012 Pinot Noir Ama Estate is once again gorgeous. Sweet, silky tannins caress the palate as this wonderfully juicy, expressive Pinot shows off its considerable personality. Sweet tobacco, mint and cedar notes all add complexity in an impeccable, totally gracious wine. Hints of orange peel, spices and pomegranate add intrigue and nuance on the juicy, resonant finish.
Ama is one of three pinot noirs that the Peays make from their Annapolis estate, four miles from the Pacific, the vines cooled by ocean fog. Winemaker Vanessa Wong focuses this wine around blocks planted in 2001, mostly clone 828 and a “suitcase” selection. Her 2012 is seductive, violet-scented with a penetrating brightness and silken texture. There’s no need to drink it right away, but its youthful energy is already hard to resist.
Vivid ruby. Black raspberry, cherry-cola and pungent herbs on the deeply scented nose. Fleshy and expansive in the mouth, offering broad red and dark berry flavors and a suave note of candied flowers. Picks up spiciness with air and finishes on a smoky dark berry note, with very good thrust and youthful tannic grip.
Cherry blossom and black tea with a saline crunch and savoury palate. Accents of smoke. Ultra-lean right now. With age will uncurl beautifully.
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