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"The 2016 Pinot Noir from Bishop’s Peak, Brian Talley’s entry-level range, delivers the goods for a great price. From a superb vintage, it’s balanced and energetic, deftly playing ripeness off of finesse and showing pure red fruit and floral character, seamless texture and spicy persistence. (28% new French oak) Brilliant red. Pungent red berry and candied rose aromas are complemented by subtle earth and licorice accents. Appealingly sweet, focused raspberry and cherry flavors slowly deepen as the wine opens up. Shows very good energy and spicy lift on the gently tannic finish, which leaves a juicy red fruit note behind. -- Josh Raynolds"
Produced entirely from Pinot Noir grapes grown in Coastal San Luis Obispo County, combining both purchased and estate grown fruit, this wine is bottled before the next harvest to preserve the charm and fresh red fruit flavors that distinguish the varietal.
Ruby in appearance, the 2016 vintage of Bishop’s Peak Pinot Noir offers aromas of cherry, black tea, and fresh strawberry. Enticing notes of pomegranate seed and crushed cranberry are complemented by soft violet undertones. With integrated tannins that lead to a beautiful finish, try pairing this Pinot Noir with spinach gnocchi or a fresh salmon salad.
The 2016 growing season was one of the very best in the 30 year history of Talley Vineyards. After four years of severe drought, El Niño conditions brought the most rainfall to the region since 2011. After a cool and windy spring, temperatures throughout the season were moderate, especially during the critical summer months when veraison and ripening occurred. The absence of severe heat for any extended period during the harvest season meant that the grapes were harvested at a moderate pace at optimal ripeness. Yields in the vineyard were consistent with five year averages and the resulting wines reflect the concentration, balance and elegance that is the hallmark of the confluence of a perfect growing season and a wine growing approach committed to capturing all the potential of Coastal San Luis Obispo County.
Talley Vineyards Talley Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery that specializes in estate grown chardonnay and pinot noir ideally suited for the climate and soils of the Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys. The Talley’s farming history in the area dates to 1948 when Oliver Talley began growing vegetables in the Arroyo Grande Valley. Guided by this legacy and a commitment to long term sustainability, Talley Vineyards focuses on attention to detail in all aspects of farming and winemaking operations. The goal is to produce distinctive wines of consistently high quality that best express the unique character of each of the Talley family’s six vineyard sites in the two valleys.
Bishop's Peak Bishop’s Peak wines are handcrafted by Talley Vineyards to capture the unique diversity of San Luis Obispo County. The Talley Family chose Bishop’s Peak, an iconic local landmark, as the symbol for distinctive wines that reflect both varietal and regional diversity. The wines are produced in small lots from vineyard sites in Coastal San Luis Obispo County and Paso Robles that balance production and quality to deliver exceptional value. Some of these sites are owned by the Talley family while others are owned by growers who share the family’s commitment to quality. Bishop’s Peak wines are produced at the Talley Vineyards winery facility with the same attention to detail that is the hallmark of Talley Vineyards.
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Bishop's Peak wines are handcrafted by Talley Vineyards to capture the varietal and regional diversity of San Luis Obispo County. Bishop's Peak, an iconic local landmark, was chosen as the symbol for the brand, showcasing wines that are produced in small lots from vineyard sites in the Arroyo Grande Valley, Edna Valley, and Paso Robles Viticultural Areas as well as the Nipomo area south of Arroyo Grande. Some of these sites are owned by the Talley family while others are owned by growers who share the family's commitment to quality. The wines balance production and quality to deliver exceptional value, while maintaining the same attention to detail that is the hallmark of Talley Vineyards.