2014 Talley "Oliver's Vineyard" Edna Valley Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another terrific white is the 2014 Chardonnay Oliver's Vineyard, which is located in the Edna Valley and was planted in 1991 (it's named after Talley Farms founder Oliver Talley). Barrel-fermented and aged 15 months in 16% new French oak, it's a richer, mineral-laced effort that offers lots of buttered orchard fruits, caramelized citrus and brioche to go with a textured, layered style on the palate that still has impressive purity, tension and acidity. Drink it over the coming 5-6 years. (JD)
Green-tinged yellow. Potent smoke- and mineral-accented aromas of ripe orange, pear, lemongrass and iodine. Fleshy yet dry and precise, offering energetic citrus and orchard fruit flavors complemented by hints of quinine, tarragon and honeysuckle. Closes with emphatic cut and firm grip, leaving a zesty note of smoky minerals behind. Impressive for its blend of depth and finesse, not to mention its precision. (JR)
Jeb Dannuck of eRobertParker.com writes, "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."