2012 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo Pinot Noir

SKU #1136362 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (20% new French oak): Bright red. Fresh red fruits, flowers and spicecake on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy and precise, offering vibrant raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of blood orange. Finishes long and sweet, with gentle tannins and lingering floral and spice notes. This pinot delivers very good value and makes a gently priced introduction to the Talley style.  (12/2013)


 The 2012 Pinot Noir is bright, focused and quite pretty. Sweet red cherries, mint, flowers and spices are all very much alive in a candied, racy Pinot that will deliver considerable pleasure over the next year or two. Drinking window: 2013 - 2015 Brian Talley's Bishop's Peak range is an excellent source for value-priced wines.  (7/2013)

Wine Enthusiast

 This is the annual good-value Pinot Noir from the Talley Vineyards team. It presents tight, slow-emerging aromas of graphite, raspberry and cooked rhubarb. Bitterness is at the core of the palate, bolstered by dark red fruits.  (12/2014)

K&L Notes

Handcrafted by Talley Vineyards, Bishop's Peak offers consistently excellent values in Central Coast Pinot Noir. In 2012, the six vineyards that Talley sources from to make the Bishop's Peak Pinot benefited from ideal spring weather, and fruit set was excellent. Although yields were up by 20% above average, the resulting wine is elegant and balanced, full-bodied, with savory spices and fresh, Pinot fruit. Highly recommended with pork tenderloin.

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2014 | Send Email
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This is one of my favorite Pinots in the store, and not just because of the price, although that is a factor. It is from a great vintage and a second label from one of best Pinot producers in the state, Talley Vineyards, and it is a wonderful glass of wine to drink. Medium to medium deep ruby in color, the nose is bright and highly perfumed showing rose petals, red cherries to raspberry fruit aromas, with undertones of mild meaty to filings to slate-like notes. This Gem is well-integrated and structured, with the aforementioned components carrying over to a full, lush, viscous mouthfeel and an excellent mid-palate, good complexity, and a long, warm finish. Rusty has informed me that we need cases of this Gem in our collection, immediately… and so do you. It drinks great right now, but will improve and get better with a few more years in the cellar. I’m doing both! .......... 14.0% ABV
Drink from 2014 to 2019

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/30/2014 | Send Email
I am a big fan of the Talley Vineyard's wines. We have been stocking their second label Bishop's Peak wines for several years now, and the 2012 Bishop's Peak Pinot Noir may be the best vintage yet. It is frankly tough to find great California Pinot Noir for less than $20, and the Bishop's Peak 2012 bottling really over-delivers. Plenty of ripe red and black fruits and intriguing spice notes. Rich and round in the mouth with lovely weight. Complex and multidimensional. Great Pinot Noir character at a terrific price.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2014 | Send Email
Another solid Pinot Noir from Talley Vineyard's value priced lineup. 2012 was kind to this wine, lending plenty of bright, fresh cherry, a hint of raspberry, and a great earthy finish. Great balance and quite crowd pleasing!

Staff Image By: Jason Marwedel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2014 | Send Email
Another great Bishop’s Peak Pinot! A core of lovely red fruit and some subtle savory notes, it maintains lovely texture and weight on the palate. Finishing dry, with balanced acidity and freshness on the back-end, this is one of the best Domestic sub-$20 Pinots in the store!

Staff Image By: Mellyn Craig | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/24/2013 | Send Email
We are FINALLY seeing some nice, easy drinking Pinot Noirs under $20 and this is one of them! This wine is loaded with juicy cherry, orange zest, cola, and a hint of white pepper. It's a great everyday drinking Pinot and I'm stocking up!

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


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