2014 Talley/K&L Wine Merchants Edna Valley Chardonnay

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For the last two years we've had the distinct pleasure, and honor, of being able to blend our own Chardonnay with the team at Talley Vineyards. Last year this bottling was a huge success with our customers and we think it is every bit as good this year. Just like last vintage the 2014 comes from Talley's non-contiguous Oliver's Vineyard located in the Edna Valley. This year we had many more barrels to blend with, which made our jobs tougher but the final wine that much better. The final blend this year came from five barrels--all French oak, one of which was a second-use barrel and the other four various levels of "neutral" oak--and mostly from the original plantings of Oliver's that date back to 1991. As with all the Talley Chardonnays the wine was barrel fermented and went through full malolactic fermentation. We hope you all love this wine as much as we do. (Bryan Brick, K&L Wine Merchants)

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By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/7/2015 | Send Email
This Chardonnay is very easy to like. It has all of the bright fruit that California Chardonnays offer but is nice and balanced with a dry finish. It is for those who like nice fruit flavors but for the wine to be on the dry side. There is a nice crisp finish. This wine will go well alone or with chicken dishes.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/5/2015 | Send Email
Once again this collaboration with Talley provides great drinking exclusively to K&L customers from one of my favorite Chardonnay producers in CA. The wine is starting to knit together perfectly, lovely oak integration, balance of richness and restraint. Certainly more on the "Burgundian" end of the Chardonnay spectrum...mostly neutral oak, lots of lees work, fresh acidity and a crisp dry finish. Excellent value, fruit from Oliver's vineyard.

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/4/2015 | Send Email
I love this project with Talley winery! This spring a group of us got to visit the winery and taste barrel samples until we found the perfect blend. We ended up taking five barrels, only one of which was brand new. All of the fruit is sourced from the old Oliver's Vineyard. The result is a very balanced wine with crisp, clean fruit and just the right amount of cream & toast from the new oak. I am always impressed with Talley's wines, and particularly their Chardonnays--Eric is a great winemaker and always strikes a beautiful balance in his wines.

By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/2/2015 | Send Email
Last spring, I had the privilege of being a part of a K&L Wines Central Coast buying trip, and one of the highlights was participating in the Talley Vineyards blending collaboration. Our team "cherry picked" from five different blender barrels of Oliver's Vineyard to put together an even-handed expression that shows warm toasty notes counterbalanced with delicious tropical, citrus fruit and that signature bright acidity of Edna Valley. Elegant, lifted and fresh--don't miss out on this exclusive bottling!

By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/2/2015 | Send Email
With a nose full of peach pit, lime flesh, brioche and wet clay aromas, this comes soaring out of the glass the instant it is poured. Fleshy and round on the palate but with consistent cut and verve throughout this is a medium-weighted Chardonnay that punches higher than its weight class. With rich laces of leesy bread dough, structural oak and a wealth of lemon curd, apricot, sea foam flavors this is one delicious Chardonnay. Long and fleshy in the finish with a recurrence of the coastal energy found on the palate. I couldn’t think of a better Chard we have at this price point.

By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2015 | Send Email
Impressive yet again, this 2014 Talley/ K&L Chardonnay is blended from five (of 16 - mostly neutral oak) select barrels off the Oliver's vineyard (original planting 1991). Such great focus, balance, texture, and purity of fruit without over-the-top richness, this bottling really reminded the staff of great Burgundy. Do not miss it!

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2015 | Send Email
For those who like a slightly cleaner, brighter Chardonnay, like myself, this is definitely one to pick up. This exclusive 2014 vintage offers up lovely citric notes along with hints of vanilla. There are touches of oak in the wine and a surprisingly long finish. Not a hugely buttery or oily Chardonnay, this is super easy drinking and perfect for the end of summer.

By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2015 | Send Email
With fruit all from Oliver's Vineyard in Southern CA, this joint project made a fantastic Chardonnay at a very great price! Gorgeous fruit with great acidity and a expressive and floral nose. Just the right amount of oak gives this wine great class and personality. Enjoy!

By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/25/2015 | Send Email
This Talley Chardonnay has a special little place in my heart because I had the privilege of being there during the blending session and giving my input on the final outcome. ​It was a nail-biter waiting to see if the blend we put together straight from the barrel would taste just as good after being in bottle for a few months, and the 2014 Talley Chardonnay does not disappoint! Balance was the utmost goal that we were striving for, and this Chardonnay has it all. From notes of fresh tropical fruit and lemon curd, to white flowers and brioche, to an integrated toasty, creme brulee finish that's supported by a surprisingly bright acid structure, this Edna Valley chardonnay is the complete package!

By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/25/2015 | Send Email
Gorgeous baby Burgundy here for an amazing price! From cool climate vineyard sites in San Luis Obispo's Edna Valley, this mimics the minerality and freshness of Burgundy, with gorgeous texture and fruit, as well. Just the right amount of creaminess and brioche on the finish.

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2015 | Send Email
A West Coast expression of Burgundian Chardonnay, this beauty shows lemon flesh, custard, tangerine and a trace of nutmeg on the finish. This year's co-branded bottling is wildly delicious, and modestly priced at $24.99. Stop in, grab a few, and enjoy this wine with a few friends and a sunset.

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/17/2015 | Send Email
The Talley K&L colloberation this vintage is stellar. It's insanely well balanced with high acidity while still having fantastic palate weight. Bright green apple, ever so slight hints of brioche, minerality and great length. Buy two because the first bottle with empty faster than you could imagine.

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Chardonnay

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United States

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California

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Alcohol Content (%): 13.5