TN: 2008 Peay Estate Roussanne/Marsanne

Alan Rath’s note on this wine and the discussion that followed motivated me to open this bottle now, as opposed to waiting a few years as I had assumed I should. This wine has a straw color with a light green tint, and its nose offers toasty, spicy notes along with some creamy citrus. In the mouth the wine is bursting with flavor if a little tightly wrapped. Flavors of spice, pear and lemon rind compliment the slightly waxy texture. The wine is fresh and vibrant with good acidity and a lingering finish.

I am drinking this without food, and it’s fine. On the other hand, I could see this being a nice compliment to shellfish. This thought is making me hungry.

In any event, for me this a great California white drinking well now. I could drink this every day in its present state and be quite content. Would I like it more with a few years of age? Maybe so, maybe not. I have another one, so if I can resist it for a few years I’ll find out one day. In the meantime, I am going to stock up on as many Peay whites as I can get my hands on.

In the meantime, I am going to stock up on as many Peay whites as I can get my hands on.

That’s a very good plan.


Another Peay Apostle, bless you my son. Glad you found the wine to your liking [cheers.gif]

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Following up on Day 2: Absolutely no drop-off. If anything, the extra air overnight has calmed this wine down and allowed the fruit to emerge a little. I am drinking it at room temp now, and for me I prefer it this way.

I have had several vintages of the Peay Chardonnay and Viognier now, but this is my first look at the Roussanne/Marsanne. If it is representative, I would have to call it my favorite of the Peay white portfolio. Not that there is anything wrong with the other offerings.