2014 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo County Chardonnay
Pale gold. Fresh pear and tangerine scents are complemented by ginger and honey. Smooth and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering sappy orchard and citrus fruit flavors and a hint of melon. Emphatically fruity Chardonnay with very good closing breadth and cling. This label, which owner Brian Talley is quick to say is not a second label for Talley, has steadily improved in recent years and the wines, without exception, deliver big bang for the buck. While it might not be exactly correct to call them mini-Talleys, the comparison is apt as they also show a tendency toward finesse rather than power. (JR)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Aged on lees in stainless steel and neutral oak, the solid, value-priced 2014 Bishop's Peak Chardonnay offers supple, forward and rounded notes of white fruits and mint in a medium-bodied, easy-drinking, quaffable and delicious style. At the price, it's hard to beat as a house white. This is another terrific lineup of Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from Brian Talley and winemaker Eric Johnson. Located in Edna Valley, they release a number of single-vineyard (also from the Arroyo Grande Valley) as well as solid value-priced appellation releases and their Bishop's Peak bottlings. Most are completely destemmed and aged in a modest amount of new oak. (JD)
Pale gold in color, the 2014 vintage of Bishop's Peak Chardonnay expresses beautiful aromas of white flower, roasted nuts and fresh pear. The palate is suave and complex, with notes of salinity and juicy pineapple, finishing with bright notes of tart lemon. Enjoy the 2014 Bishop's Peak Chardonnay with fresh steamed mussels or pan-seared flounder.