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Thursday, February 05, 2009

A top California Chardonnay that no one seems to be talking about

Peay Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast '06

I've had this wine twice and have no clue why it hasn't already become a California classic. The color is light gold, with flecks of green, swirling to a transparent nose of dandelions, honeysuckle, creme brulee, nectarine and sweet spices. The entry paves the way for a superbly focused, brilliant attack, chanelling high toned flavors over a pure beam of well defined minerality. This stuff glides along the palate as if it were guided by an artist's paint brush, leaving the canopy coated in bright citrus fruit. Effortless juice, and based on the descriptors I've consistently heard about the Rhys Chardonnays, it seems that Peay may be cut from the same cloth, 94 points.


Anonymous Carlo Andersen said...

Hi Brad,

Just realized you had your own blog. Hmm, better late than never, huh?

Anyway, this Chardonnay sounds great! Unfortunately, the American selection to choose from here in Denmark is really somewhat depressing.

Don't know if you've read my answer on eBob but we'll be visiting Mikhail and Svetlana in the fall of '09, so let's share a glass. Would sure love to make a repeat of the great Brunello-night we had at Mike's place. Only this time we should do a night of American wines as i rarely taste these beautys. Also, my girlfriend loves Chards and Pinots more than anything...

Hope all is well with you,

Monday, February 16, 2009  
Blogger Brad Coelho said...

I am absolutely game! American Chardonnay is a ways away from global appeal...but we're gettin' there!

If you are here in the fall, I will absolutely make an appearance. We can put together some interesting stuff for you that the board geeks talk about all the time :)

All the best! Hope you are well.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009  
Anonymous Carlo Andersen said...

I apologize for the late response.

Great! It was a blast the last time so I am sure it will be again.

Actually, I am a big fan of Cali Syrah as well, thus a dream tasting with you guys would be a flight of US Chardonnay, a flight of US Pinot Noir and, finally, a flight of US Syrah. How does that sound?

Still, have not talked with Mikhail about this but I am sure he is for it as well. I remember that he does enjoy other stuff than Riesling :-)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009  

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