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.