2013 Peay Chardonnay
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $39.94 (reg. $48.94)
California may be one of the most diverse and complex wine regions in the world, so it’s a wonder that the state once was considered to have a single ‘style’ of Chardonnay. Not so these days as the number of expressions of the famous white grape of Burgundy are as many as the AVA’s in the Golden State. The 2013 Peay Chardonnay from the true Sonoma Coast explodes any pre-conceived notion of what California Chard should be with a refined, yet lifted profile that is reminiscent of Chablis more than any other.
2013 was a blockbuster vintage with the consistently warm even weather, and this cool climate site took on greater density and breadth than usual, helped along by the now mature vineyard, planted in 1998. The results are a mineral driven Chardonnay balanced by lemon merengue, tropical fruits, and bright acidity. The ultra cool climate and steep grades of their estate vineyard make farming this extremely low yield vineyard a “heroic” venture according to Galloni, who also declared the results of their efforts “usually terrific and often magnificent.”
California wine drinkers are lucky that there is such an extreme diversity of style these days, and those who prefer their Chardonnay without the buttery, oak driven notes so often associated with the state are no doubt thrilled with the plethora of more refined bottles available today. As for the Peay Chardonnay, we have the absolute lowest price for any available vintage, at $39.94 and it will unfold over the next 5-10 years.