2009 Peay Vineyards, Syrah “Les Titans” Estate Sonoma Coast.
Nick and Andy Peay, along with winemaker Vanessa Wong have with out question produced, and better yet crafted a glorious Syrah that is truly world class and sublime with the layers and complexity of top Northern Rhone wines, yet has the richness of fruit worthy of Sine Qua Non or Alban, though much more elegant and lower in alcohol. Wong, who has Lafite and Peter Michael on her CV, is at the top of her game and her wines show finesse and depth that must be considered world class, with grapes grown in extreme conditions in the wild Sonoma Coast region that makes life very tricky indeed, but the rewards are amazing, not just this dynamic Syrah, but also her lovely Pinot Noirs, especially the Scallop Shelf and Ama. This is a winery to not only watch, but also one to collect now, as it still somehow is flying under the radar! The 2009 Peay “Les Titans” Syrah is darkly brooding and perfumed with violets, earthy spices, smoke and game leading to a vibrant palate of boysenberry, blueberry and plum with hints of cherry liqueur, cracked pepper and a meaty essence. Subtle wood and lifting acidity add to the charms and the finish goes on and on with touches of licorice and chalky mineral tones, that linger with the black fruits. This is a fantastic and beautiful Syrah that should develop nicely for another 3 or 4 years, don’t miss it.
($50 Est.) 96 Points, grapelive

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