2011 Talley "Rosemary's Vineyard" Arroyo Grande Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The most complete and impressive in the lineup, the smoking good 2011 Pinot Noir Rosemary’s Vineyard, which spent 18 months on lees in 30% new French oak, offers up gorgeous raspberry, raspberry, vanilla, underbrush, assorted wild flowers and edgy minerality to go with a medium-bodied, elegant and thrillingly textured and seamless palate. Deep, layered and savory, with perfect balance and a classic, age-worthy feel, it should be given a handful of years in the cellar and enjoyed over the following decade or more. Drink 2015-2026. 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. In addition to their estate offerings, their Bishop’s Peak releases reviewed here come from purchased grapes throughout the central coast and offer good typicity and drinkability for not much buck.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid ruby-red. Lively red berries and cherry on the intensely perfumed nose, with notes of pungent flowers, Asian spices and blood orange adding complexity. Bright, racy strawberry and raspberry flavors give way to a deeper bitter cherry quality in the mid-palate, with a tangy citrus pith quality adding lift. The penetrating, gently tannic finish is alluringly sweet and floral, leaving a hint of smoky minerality behind, eventually. (JR)
**Cellar Selection** This bottling is often Talley’s best Pinot each vintage, and so it is in 2011. It’s full bodied in style with a dark color hinting at the superripe cherries, raspberries and cola flavors. Yet it never loses Pinot’s essential silkiness. Structured and nuanced, it’s a natural cellar candidate to drink from 2017–2021.