2011 Talley "Rincon Vineyard" Arroyo Grande Pinot Noir

SKU #1139785 94 points 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.  (8/ 2013)

93 points Antonio Galloni

 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.  (7/ 2013)

93 points 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.  (12/ 2013)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 **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.  (2/ 2014)

K&L Notes

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."

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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.
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United States

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California

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Alcohol Content (%): 14.5