2013 Talley "Rosemary's Vineyard" Arroyo Grande Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
At the same level as the Rincon Vineyard in 2013, the beautiful 2013 Pinot Noir Rosemary's Vineyard saw a similar elevage and saw 18 months in 28% new French oak. A bigger, richer effort, it offers terrific black raspberry, raspberry, spice, rose petal and hints of minerality on the nose. Lacking a touch of the precision and focus of the Rincon effort, it makes up for it with medium to full-bodied richness, a rounded, supple, sexy texture and beautiful length. While I don't think it hits the heights of the '12, readers shouldn't miss either of these vintages and it will be great to try these two when they have some maturity. (JD)
Deep red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red fruits, rose pastille and Asian spices, plus a zesty mineral topnote. Juicy, lithe and sharply focused, offering intense raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that become weightier with air. Shows excellent power and focus on the incisive, gently tannic finish, which features notes of allspice and raspberry liqueur. (JR)
This study of restraint shows a bit of beet juice and cherry blossom at first on the nose. With patience, red currant and more purple fruits settle in alongside brown spice. The fruit flavors range delicately from cranberry to pomegranate to black raspberry, with lots of interesting tension and black peppercorn spice on the palate.
While no stranger to ripeness, this wine comes with an exceptional sense of balance to go with its tight yet already somewhat polished exterior. There is range aplenty in its ripe cherry and wildflower perfumes, and yet for all of its early charm, this is a wine whose underlying palatal structure promises to support it quite far into the future. Its still-nascent firmness will unwind allowing increased suppleness to show over the next five years and more, and we are very much of a mind to stow it away at the very back of the wine cellar lest we rush to open it long before it has reached its best.
Notably fresh and mineral. These single-vineyard wines won't be released until Sep 2015.