2021 Peay Vineyards Pomarium Estate Pinot Noir, West Sonoma Coast
I love how the Pomarium Pinot noir has evolved over time as the vines have aged. This is our 17th vintage of Pomarium off 24 year-old vines and the excellent growing season in 2021 resulted in a truly great wine. The aroma combines the floral, earth, and dark fruit character typical of the cuvée. In the 2021 vintage, it is so gorgeous, I had a hard time getting my nose out of the glass to sip the wine. The overall personality is virile and athletic with some muscle and power but considerable finesse. This is not a bruiser or sappy or rich but has depth and volume. In previous wine notes, I’ve used the expression “volume without weight” and “iron fist in a velvet glove “ and this is the case with the 2021. I really enjoyed drinking it young and have no doubt it will continue to evolve and please as it develops secondary aromas and the flavors coalesce over time.
Jeb Dunnuck: 99 pts. The 2021 Pinot Noir Pomarium. is packed with notes of black cherry liqueur and kirsch, pure ripe fruit, a touch of sage, and sweet earth. It’s more grounded and muscular, with ripe, broad tannins, and has great depth as well as a grounded nature, with good fruit throughout. Drink over 2016-2046.
Robert Parker: 97 pts