The 2018 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay reinforces the impression that has been building over the past two vintages about this blend's potential. We winnowed down the outside fruit to less than 20% and kept total production small at 550 cases. The remaining 80% of the blend is Chardonnay grown on our Estate vineyard and the structure and profile of the Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is very much one of a Peay Estate Chardonnay. The nose is floral and powerful. Some baked pear and apple notes sit deep in the bottom of the glass. The mouthfeel is like silk and velvet wrapped around an iron spine. The roundness lays across the mid-palate and the acidity at the edges of the tongue cause you to salivate, recharging your mouth and brain for the next bite. There are citrus rind and lemon curd notes on the finish.
The 2018 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) is a gorgeous appellation-level wine. Lemon confit, mint, apricot and a kiss of new French oak add character to a silky, exceptionally polished wine that hits all the right notes. About three quarters of this fruit is from the estate. The 2018 is such a classy and well-balanced wine. I loved it.
The 2018 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast opens delicately with hints of green pears, white blossoms, saline and stone with wafts of lemon peel. The palate is light-bodied, tangy, uplifted and mineral-driven with a linear feel and precise finish. 550 cases produced.