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Peay Vineyards 'Ama' Pinot Noir
The Ama Estate Pinot noir is often the most approachable Pinot Noir on release due to its inviting cherry, blood orange, and graphite aromas. The 2019 version has the added benefit of depth combined with grace that you get from fully mature 21 year old vines in a moderate growing season. Combined with the spicy cherry and mineral notes in the nose are lingering aromas of rose, Earl Grey tea, and sandalwood as if a washed but fragrant hippie had walked through the room when you weren't looking. This is likely due to the little bit of whole cluster fermentation in the wine (a measly 7%) that provides just a bump of floral lift and adds intrigue without over-powering the wine. As in all of their Pinot Noirs, there is a savory forest floor and tilth flavor that frames the finish adding ballast to a really wonderful wine. The Ama is yummy on release especially if you desire to experience the vibrant floral and fruit aromas and the wine will age as long as you can bear to hold it. For a frame of reference, the 2014 is just entering a really interesting phase in its life as fruit aromas give way to floral notes seven years from vintage.
Medium ruby-purple, the 2019 Estate Pinot Noir Ama features pure, layered aromas of rhubarb, tart dried red cherries, burnt orange peel, blueberries and violet with tones of conifer and forest floor, continuing to offer new aromatic nuances with each return to the glass. The medium-bodied palate is bright and chalky, with youthfully coiled fruits and a long, spicy finish. 94 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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