Talley Vineyards has been crafting estate-grown wines on the San Luis Obispo Coast since 1986. The estate-owned vineyards, with their varied microclimates and soils, harness the conditions for which the San Luis Obispo Coast winegrowing region is renowned. Staying true to the Burgundian philosophy, all the work at Talley is done in the vineyard. Talley Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are classic in character yet lively in spirit and are a true expression of our sense of place. Talley Vineyards has been one of the leading producers in quality and innovation in California's sunny Central Coast since it was established in 1986.
The signature red wine of Talley Vineyards, the Estate Pinot Noir has been bottled since the inaugural vintage and represents a pure expression of the Arroyo Grande appellation. It was the first Pinot Noir produced in Coastal San Luis Obispo County to demonstrate the potential of the area as a world-class Pinot Noir wine-growing region. Today, Talley remains one of the premier producers in this underrated region.
Aging: 14 months in 30% new French Oak.
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 100% Pinot Noir. A tangy fresh cherry nose opens to cocoa, cola, and notes of nutmeg. The juicy lip-smacking entry shows lovely cherry and wild strawberry flavors with gorgeous rose petal and baking spices in the background. Smooth tannin and vibrant acidity make this a perfect wine for food pairings.
Deep glistening ruby-red. Vibrant, sharply focused aromas of cherry, potpourri, and Asian spices are lifted by a smoky mineral flourish. Broad and concentrated on the palate, offering raspberry, bitter cherry, and spice cake flavors that show impressive energy and focus. Rich yet lively in character, finishing with strong, spicy drive and fine-grained tannins that come in late. ~93 Vinous Media
The appellation release, the 2017 Pinot Noir Estate is all estate fruit that spent 15 months in 35% new French oak. Beautiful notes of red currants, raspberries, spring flowers, and ground herbs notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, fresh, racy effort that has bright acidity, fine tannins, and a great finish. This vibrant, age-worthy effort will keep for over a decade. ~ 92 Jeb Dunnuck
The 2017 Pinot Noir Estate was made with 10% whole cluster and aged 14 months in 30% new French oak. Pale to medium ruby, it gives up bright scents of cranberry jelly, raspberry and strawberry jam, black tea leaves, and blood orange with a lovely floral streak plus accents of rhubarb, cinnamon stick, and dried leaves. Light to medium-bodied, it’s broody in the mouth with a soft frame and bright freshness, finishing long. ~91 Robert Parker
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