2016 Talley/K&L Wine Merchants Edna Valley Chardonnay

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Just south of San Luis Obispo, along California's Central Coast, sits one of the state's most charming and humble wine-growing AVAs: the Edna Valley, home to dozens of small producers that make wonderful wines among the rolling hills of the region. There's a lot to love about the fresh and affordably-priced expressions coming out of Edna right now, which is exactly why we've forged direct relationships with some of SLO's best family-run estates and begun a partnership program of co-sponsored cuvées. For the third year in a row, we've worked out another K&L edition of Edna Valley Chardonnay with Talley Vineyards, a producer renowned for its Burgundian mindset of terroir-focused winemaking from each of its six different vineyard sites. With its facility at the foot of the Rincon Vineyard, Talley is one of the most exciting producers of Chardonnay in the state, making clean and vibrant expressions from holdings all along the coastline. Talley's commitment to "Burgundian winemaking" stems not only from admiration for the Côte d'Or, but also a shared similarity of climate. The cool and slightly foggy conditions of Edna valley, with the chill of the ocean breeze coming through the hills, creates the perfect setting for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. They make wines with acidity and drive, reaching maximum ripeness while maintaining a a zippy and refreshing crispness from front to back. But like a fine Montrachet, there's a richness and sense of weight from just the right amount of oak.

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Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2018 | Send Email
As Burgundian as California gets. If you've ever wondered about the tasting note "flinty" check this bottle out. It has a great crispness and flinty minerality, but does not lack for richness and weight. Two hallmarks of great Burgundian Chardonnay. The fruit quality here is excellent. If you're in the ABC crowd (Anything But Chardonnay) It is definitely time to step back into the fold with this gem. It will surprise you!

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2018 | Send Email
Our latest collaboration with Talley, the 2016 K&L Edna Valley Chardonnay, displays the winery's textbook Burgundian character beautifully, weaving lemon zest and apple notes between toastier elements and the richness that they impart. Put together for us by Brian Talley, the wine is indicative of everything we love right now about the wines from Edna Valley and the Central Coast: quality, value, volume, and drinkability. At $22 a bottle, the wine delivers supreme complexity for the money, but it doesn't skimp on charm either. In tasting the wine again this morning, I'm imagining everything I love about the San Luis Obispo area with each sip: the setting, the relaxed environment, the down-to-earth mentality, and the commitment to enjoying life's simple pleasures.

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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.
Sub-Region:

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.