2014 Talley "Rincon Vineyard" Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Leading off the single vineyard releases, the 2014 Pinot Noir Rincon Vineyard is a killer effort that has plenty of intensity and depth in its black cherry, raspberry, crushed flowers and underbrush aromas and flavors. Very fresh, floral and vibrant, with bright acidity, it has solid concentration and will keep for a decade. (JD)
(aged for 15 months in French oak, 30 percent of it new) Lurid ruby. Vibrant, mineral-laced red berry and floral pastille scents pick up hints of cola, vanilla and Asian spices with air. Juicy, focused and appealingly sweet, offering sappy raspberry and cherry-cola flavors, along with five-spice powder and rose nuances in the background. Closes impressively long and sweet, displaying resonating red fruit character and silky, harmonious tannins that sneak in late. (JR)
*Two Stars* Right from the first, this involving, very solidly built youngster impresses with its obvious fruity depth but it does not stop at fruit and shows all sorts of extras with complexing elements of sweet spice, minerals and dried flowers scattered throughout its considerable length. Its immediate appeals notwithstanding, it is a balanced, very well-structured wine that wants cellar time to be all that it can be, and, if another two or three years should see it unfolding further, we are holding out for the beauty that awaits in some five or six.
This bottling from an iconic vineyard is subtle yet steady on the nose, with cinnamon and nutmeg spice giving character to a red-cherry base. The vibrant palate keeps the mouth watering, showing clove and more nutmeg atop sharper cranberry and warmer cherry fruit tones.