2012 Talbott "Logan" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light, bright yellow. Musky pear skin, peach pit and citrus pith on the fragrant, leesy nose. On the palate, spicy orchard and pit fruit flavors and sweeter honeydew and tangerine qualities gain strength with air. Shows very good energy and lift, with a buttery nuance adding breadth. Closes silky and long, with resonating spiciness and lingering sweet citrus fruit qualities. This elegant wine has the balance to repay a little patience.
Like most of Talbott's wines, the Logan comes from the estate's Sleepy Hollow Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Raised in 80% French oak and 20% stainless, this is fruit-filled and spicy, with a voluptous palate full of tropical fruit. Talbott writes: "Sleepy Hollow is situated on 585 acres of benchland in the Santa Lucia Highlands, 13 miles south of Monterey. The well-drained vineyard features sparse soils comprised of sand, gravel, and granite. These soils reduce yields and create rich, concentrated flavors in the grapes. The vineyard receives morning sunlight from its east- northeast exposure, and lives much of the time in the cool fog and wind from the Pacific Ocean. With a long, cool growing season, the grapes develop the character, intensity and depth of flavor for which the vineyard has become famous."