2011 Talley "Rincon Vineyard" Arroyo Grande Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Showing the darker, more masculine side to the variety, the 2011 Pinot Noir Rincon Vineyard dishes out deep, mineral-laced aromas and flavors of black raspberry, licorice, vanilla and tinges of leather. Pure, rich and textured, with ripe tannin and a fantastic sense of tension and verve, it will have 12-15 years of ultimate longevity. Drink 2015-2026.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby. Black raspberry, cherry, woodsmoke and rose oil on the seductively perfumed nose. Fleshy and expansive, offering polished red and dark berry flavors and a suave note of candied flowers. Picks up spiciness and weight with air and finishes on a juicy red berry note, with very good thrust, length and harmonious tannins.
Savory herbs, licorice, graphite and dark red fruit all emerge from the 2011 Pinot Noir Rincon Vineyard. These clay-rich soils yield a powerful wine loaded with pure structure and muscle. I would give the 2011 another year or two in bottle to meld together, but it is impressive, even today. The 30% whole clusters are nicely integrated in this classy, impeccable wine. Stylistically, the Rincon Vineyard is a bit more overt and fruit-driven than the East Rincon Vineyard in this vintage. It will be interesting to see if that difference holds across future vintages as well, or if it is more a factor of the 2011 vintage itself.
**Cellar Selection** While delicious now with flavors of raspberries, cherries, cola and oak, all showered with tart, citrusy acidity, this wine also has a great future. Give it 6–8 years to evolve in the bottle for further complexity.
From a low-yield harvest following one of the coolest summers on record; the grapes had a long hang time and came in with higher natural acidity. Wine Advocate: "These knockout efforts are made by Brian Talley and were some of the most impressive Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs I tasted during my more than two week trip through the central coast."