2015 Talley/K&L Wine Merchants Edna Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1290445 92 points Vinous

 (aged for 14 months in French oak barrels, 15% of them new) Light bright yellow. Heady, mineral-tinged tangerine, pear nectar and jasmine scents, along with suggestions of smoky lees and honey that gain strength as the wine opens up. At once vibrant and concentrated, offering juicy citrus and orchard fruit flavors that deepen steadily through the midpalate. The floral and honey notes repeat strongly on the very long, penetrating finish, which leaves behind a suggestion of toasty lees. All of this fruit comes from Talley's Oliver's vineyard, and in the context of high-end California Chardonnay, it delivers superb value. (JR)  (11/2017)

90 points Rhone Report

 The 2015 Chardonnay Edna Valley reveals more intensity, with tropical notes of pineapple, exotic flowers and buttered lemon peel. Fresh, elegant and lively on the palate, with juicy acidity, it's another terrific value from this estate. (JebDunnuck.com)  (8/2017)

K&L Notes

We couldn't be more excited to bring you another installment in what hopefully will turn out to be a long, fruitful project with wineries from around the United States, working with us directly to make exclusive bottlings for our customers. The Domestic team here at K&L has spent a great deal of time kicking around the idea of approaching wineries or winemakers we love, and asking them to work with us to create exclusive wines to our specifications. Furthermore we wanted to not only promote these outstanding wines, but the wineries behind them (rather than putting them in a private label with no winery attribution). We hope that you think that these wines offer a tremendous value and a slightly different expression of wineries that you are already familiar with. This year's bottling of Talley Chardonnay was put together with Talley's Winemaker Eric Johnson back in spring of 2016 from a 5 barrel selection of all Oliver's Vineyard fruit, one of their superb Estate Vineyards in Edna Valley. With 20% new oak, 40% 1-use barrels and 40% neutral oak and 100% malolactic fermentation-as is found in all Talley Chardonnays this is the best Talley/K&L Chardonnay we've put together to date. (Bryan Brick, K&L Domestic Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/1/2017 | Send Email
Fig, halved nectarines and subtle white pineapple aromas pop out of the glass bolstered friendly and alluring qualities of oak toast and whole cream. Fleshy and with good heft and smooth edges this may be more crowd pleasing than previous bottlings. We made a concerted effort to add richness and texture in this year’s bottling based on what the 15+ barrels we had to choose from were telling us. Still bright at the edges and with a savor/salinity that is rare for Chardonnay in this price point we this that not only is this a delicious wine but one of outstanding value and exclusivity.

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/14/2017 | Send Email
The 2015 Talley K&L Edna Valley Chardonnay is a stunner. Crafted from 1991 plantings at Oliver's Vineyard, known for its cool climate and sand dune soils, the wine reflects the terroir, with a rich palate and slightly briny and prominent minerality. Winemaker Eric Johnson offers us a classic California Chardonnay that is the best of all worlds: buttery and richly fruited, but cut with razor-sharp acidity that keeps the flavors dancing long after the last sip.

Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/9/2017 | Send Email
Balance was the utmost goal that we (meaning Brick) strive for, and this Chardonnay knocks it out of the ballpark again. From notes of fresh tropical fruit and lemon curd to white flowers and brioche, to an integrated toasty, creme brulée finish (that also happens to be supported by a surprisingly bright acid structure), this Edna Valley Chardonnay is one of the best Chardonnays to come out of the SoCal region!

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/10/2017 | Send Email
What I like about this Chardonnay is that if offers nice California richness but is balanced and not dominated by oak flavors. It is fruity and creamy, and most importantly, easy to enjoy. Try it alone or with chicken and vegetarian cuisine.

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2017 | Send Email
Another fantastic vintage of Talley/K&L Chardonnay! Perhaps a little leaner than the last vintage, with very focussed and fresh acidity, the wine still has that creamy, soft fruit that marks the refined Talley style. The blend this year includes one barrel aged in new French oak, to add a nice element of spice and toast, but as a whole the wine remains clean an light in feel.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/7/2017 | Send Email
This neutral/new barrel oaked release from Talley has tropical yellow fruits (pineapple dominates) with a little bit of mango and lemon peel. Pair this with the overall creamy texture and you have a winner. A very nice balance of citrus and oak kick in on the finish. The oak is very balanced and adds to, rather than takes away form, the very pretty character of this release. Super versatile by itself or with food.

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/9/2017 | Send Email
Talley and K&L are back together again with this delicious Edna Valley Chardonnay! With high quality fruit from one of Talley's estate vineyards, this creamy, buttery, full bodied Chardonnay comes to be a great value that is exclusively sold here. California Chardonnay lovers won't be disappointed with this one!

Staff Image By: Anthony Gittings | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/7/2017 | Send Email
This has value written all over it! Lemon and honey notes are accented with savory herbs. A beautiful walnut skin creaminess helps round out and elevate this wine giving it a full mouthfeel. On the finish, the balanced juicy acid leaves your palate wanting more. This would be great with roasted chicken and creammy cheeses.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.