Jancis Robinson, June 2015

“Annapolis – Northern Star” by Elaine Chukan Brown
Tasting Article – June 5th, 2015

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‘In 1996 when we found our site it was being advertised as a retreat’, Andy Peay of Peay Vineyards and Winery (shown here) explains. The coastal mountains of Sonoma long served as places of retreat for city dwellers seeking peace and elites seeking privacy. Even today, Christian camps, exclusive social clubs, and high-security Buddhist retreats populate the region. In 1996, planting vineyards in such a remote location seemed a fool’s errand.

Alma Fria, Holtermann Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Sonoma Coast:

Fresh aromatics carrying into a pretty-yet-rugged palate. Notes of wild mixed berry and bramble, with loamy earth, and savoury spice with a saline crunch throughout. Natural bright acidity, and mouth-watering length. Light-touch winemaking with hints of a natural wine style. (ECB)