2013 Talley "Estate" Arroyo Grande Chardonnay
Pale gold. Aromas of orange, pineapple, white flowers and smoky lees. Spicy, high-pitched and focused, with juicy citrus and orchard fruit flavors given further punch by building minerality. Shows strong tension on the smoky, floral finish, which leaves behind a suggestion of iodine. (JR)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another medium-bodied, Burgundian-style effort is the 2013 Chardonnay Estate Arroyo Grande Valley. Seeing nine months in 15% new French oak, it has classic apple blossom, white peach and citrus aromas and flavors, medium-bodied richness and a vibrant, clean and classy style. Coming from a blend of Rincon, Rosemary and Monte Sereno Vineyards, it's a no-brainer purchase and will drink nicely for 4-5 years. (JD)
White peach cooked in browned butter, sea salt and apple slice aromas make for a delicious entry into this bottling from one of the few estate wineries in the appellation. Spiced apple and lemon salt flavors combine for a solid and ever-reliable palate, while a fresh-rain-on-cement accent adds interest and depth. (MK)
This medium-full-bodied, comfortably balanced youngster earns high praise for its light-on-its-feet approach. It is clean, decently fruity and gets dollops of richness from creamy oak and a touch of buttery roundness to its aromas and flavors, and its energetic style continues into a firm, minerally finish that comes with a bit of a chalky edge. Service with food or a year in bottle is all that is needed for full enjoyment.
Fresh and snappy, with a nervy core of citrus- and mineral-laced green apple and grapefruit flavors, giving this a mouthwatering personality. (JL)
From the winery: "Pale straw in color, this vintage of Talley Vineyards Estate Chardonnay has aromas of grilled nuts, honeysuckle, and lemon oil. Citrus notes of lemon curd and lime zest characterize this refreshing medium bodied chardonnay. The wine finishes clean with hints of minerality and crushed stone. Enjoy this wine with fresh swordfish or sautéed sea scallops."