2014 Talley "Rincon Vineyard" Arroyo Grande Valley Chardonnay
*Two Stars* Building on the considerable success of its predecessor from the 2013 harvest, the new Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay sets the bar of achievement higher yet. It is a very deep, generously fruited, beautifully balanced offering whose obvious potential very much inspires patience, its impressions of concentration, polish and great fruity vigor notwithstanding. Do not give into temptation and be fooled by its youthful charms, for it is one that deserves to be hidden away in a difficult-to-reach corner of the cellar for a few years and allowed to reach its best.
Very light gold. Smoke- and mineral-tinged orchard fruit, melon and fennel aromas show impressive clarity and pick up a sexy floral nuance with air. Chewy, energetic and pure, offering palate-staining pear nectar and honeysuckle flavors along with deeper suggestions of honey and vanilla. Reveals an exotic iodine quality on the incisive finish, which clings with outstanding tenacity and resonating florality. (JR)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A classy, balanced beauty that has classic buttered orchard fruits, hints of oak and brioche, with some toasty notes, the 2014 Chardonnay Talley Rincon Vineyard comes from a sensational vineyard in the Arroyo Grande Valley. Aged 17 months in 30% new French oak, it is medium-bodied, rounded and textured on the palate, with plenty of fruit and texture while staying fresh and lively. Drink it over the coming couple of years. (JR)
"Produced entirely from own rooted Chardonnay planted by Don Talley in 1984 at the top of the Eastern hillside of the Rincon Vineyard, a site marked by calcareous clay soils where vines struggle to produce small crops of intensely flavored grapes. The 2014 Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay offers delicate honeysuckle aromas infused with hints of wet stone. Meyer lemon and soft mineral notes are predominant on the palate leading to a chalky finish. This Chardonnay pairs beautifully with grilled chicken seasoned with lemon and rosemary." (Vintage note from Talley)