Vinous Media 92
"(15% new French oak) Lurid red. Spice-accented raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by hints of cola, candied rose and smoky mineral notes. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering lively red berry flavors and suggestions of floral pastilles and blood orange that emerge with aeration. Nicely concentrated but vibrant and precise in style, delivering solid closing thrust, while smooth tannins lend shape to the long, spice-accented finish. This wine is composed of 65% Rincon and 35% Rosemary's fruit and, like the Chardonnay, it's extremely impressive for what might be called an entry-level bottling. -- Josh Raynolds"
Wine Spectator 91
"Well-structured, with plenty of savory accents to the red currant, raspberry and dried cherry flavors. Touches of dried mint show midpalate, with a crunchy finish that features toasty notes. Drink now through 2023. 4,091 cases made. — KM"
James Suckling 91
"A vivid pinot with soaked crabapples, blueberry skin, citrus and raspberry fool. Medium-bodied with lots of fresh fruit, firm tannins, bright acidity and a tangy finish. Very pretty. Drink now."
Wine Enthusiast 90
"Light in the glass and reserved on the nose, this appellation blend shows red fruit, red flowers and a touch of oak on the nose. The palate is easy to like with light raspberry and ripe cranberry flavors, leading into rose petals and lavender toward the finish."
The 2016 vintage of Estate Pinot Noir is crimson purple in hue and expressive of the distinctive character of the Arroyo Grande Valley which produces structured Pinot Noir with strong mineral notes. Aromas of raspberry pie, cherry cola, and rhubarb are complemented by soft sandalwood undertones. The palate offers notes of juicy raspberry, plum, cranberry, and a hint of green tea. Enjoy this Pinot Noir with sweet and spicy duck or mushroom risotto with herbs.
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 the San Luis Obispo Coast region.
65% Rincon Vineyard, 35% Rosemary's Vineyard
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The goal at Talley Vineyards is to produce estate grown chardonnay and pinot noir wines of uncompromising quality that best reflect the unique characteristics of each of the Talley family's five San Luis Obispo County vineyards. Complete control over all phases of winegrowing is the guiding principle: from the planting of vines ideally suited to each vineyard site, to viticulture and winemaking that emphasize long term sustainability, low yields and minimal processing, to the gentle bottling of the finished wine. All wines produced under the Talley Vineyards label are grown, produced and bottled by the Talley family.
Talley Vineyards is located in the Arroyo Grande Valley, on California's South Central Coast, eight miles east of the Pacific Ocean. Talley Vineyards produced its first wine in 1986 with the production of 450 cases.
The Talley family owns five unique vineyards comprising 190 acres in Southern San Luis Obispo County. The Rincon Vineyard, Rosemary's Vineyard and the Monte Sereno Vineyard are located in the Arroyo Grande Valley. Oliver's Vineyard and the Stone Corral Vineyard are located in the neighboring Edna Valley. The Talley family also owns the 40-acre Hazel Talley Vineyard in the Templeton Gap area of Paso Robles.