Cep Vineyards

Cep means vine stock in French.

With the emphasis on making wines that reveal the Peay Family vineyard's personality, and not some winemaker's magic toolbox, they felt this was an appropriate name. A cep is also a delectable mushroom that grows at the base of oaks in our forest and is commonly known as porcini or more formally as boletus edilus. Though we all love cepes, this has nothing to do with the name.

Cep Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay are made from barrels of wine that do not make it into one of the Peay wines. All the blending for the Peay cuvées is done blind – without knowing the amount each potential wine will make to keep the finance guy honest – so they choose the wine that best expresses the cuvée and the vintage. After all the wines for the vintage are put together, Vanessa will say we have X extra barrels and they become Cep. They are delicious and at half the price of Peay an incredible steal.

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Cep Vineyards 'Sonoma' 'T' Pinot Noir 2013
89  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 89 "The 2013 Pinot Noir is a tasty, fruity red to drink over the next year or two, while the fruit retains its juiciness. Hints of rose petal and cinnamon add attractive layers of complexity. The 2013 is 70% declassified Peay juice and 30% fruit purchased from nearby properties. Cep

Cep Vineyards 'T' Pinot Noir 2012
" The 2012 Cep Pinot noir delivers the balance, elegance and complexity you would expect from de-classified barrels of Peay Vineyards Pinot noirs. " ~ Winery notes

Cep 'T' Chardonnay 2010
91  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 91 "Pale green-tinged yellow. Expansive, complex aromas of pear skin, honeysuckle, fennel and iodine. Vibrant orchard fruit and melon flavors are brightened by tangy acidity and become more stony with air. Finishes spicy and long, with resonating mineral and floral notes and

Cep 'T' Pinot Noir 2010
90  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 90 "Light red. Aromas of fresh strawberry and raspberry, with suave floral and spice qualities coming up with air. Sharply focused red fruit flavors show impressive clarity and a seamless texture, with a late touch of white pepper adding vivacity. The clean, brisk finish shows very