Peay Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California 2018 100% Pinot Noir BLACK CHERRY & POMEGRANATE PRESERVES, TEA LEAF & DRIED ROSE PETAL Peay’s ridge-bound Sonoma Coast vineyards epitomize the majesty of Pacific-influenced northern coastal terroir. Overlooking misty valleys, simultaneously cooled by oceanic influences and protected from them by elevation, the estate is the origin of fiercely characterful renditions of grapes native to both France’s Burgundy and its Northern Rhone. Pinot Noir is the estate’s leading man, and it does fabulous work for Peay, achieving an impeccable balance of rich ripe fruit and balancing brightness (as well as impressive longevity). Serving Suggestion:Traditional New Year’s fare: Roast pork shoulder w/ al dente (don’t overcook!) black eyed peas & collard greens (both containing judicious amounts of hickory-smoked bacon). Smoky roasted carrot & arugula salad w/ sherry-brown butter vinaigrette.