2014 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo Pinot Noir (Previously $18)

SKU #1261644 91 points Vinous

 Translucent red. High-pitched red berry, cherry and rose pastille scents are lifted by blood orange and mineral nuances. Silky, weightless and focused on the palate, offering juicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that become deeper and sweeter with air. Shows impressive depth of flavor but comes off lithe, even delicate. Clings with serious tenacity on the gently tannic finish, which strongly echoes the red fruit and floral notes. Talley's side project, which is not exactly a second label as the wines may include fruit that is sourced from outside Arroyo Grande, is a consistently excellent source for elegant wines that deliver very serious bang for the buck. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, in particular, give a glimpse of this iconic Central Coast winery's style for a bargain-bin price, and they age nicely as well. (JR)  (9/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Moving to the reds, the 2014 Bishop's Peak Pinot Noir is a rock solid effort that has lots of classic Pinot Noir character in its raspberry, spice, forest floor and dried herbs bouquet. Medium-bodied, charming and layered, it's an impressive Pinot Noir that's made in decent quantities. Drink it over the coming 2-4 years. (JD)  (8/2016)

Wine Enthusiast

 One of the Talley family’s more affordable bottlings, this is a great choice for weeknight sipping or bringing to neighborhood parties. Aromas of dried cherries meet with forest floor, wet thyme and chipped slate on the nose, while the palate offers light cran-raspberry, dried herbs and a menthol finish on a decently acidic structure. (MK)  (12/2016)

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Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2017 | Send Email
A lot of lively fruit on the nose with this Pinot Noir from Bishop’s Peak. Cranberry sauce, red cherry pie, and strawberry jam. Hint of fresh bay leaves and rosewater round out the bouquet. Fresh, ripe red fruit on the palate; notably cranberries, strawberries, and red cherries (cherry pit too). A juicy, lively wine that is great deal for under $20.

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2017 | Send Email
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One of my favorite Central Coast producers is Talley Vineyards, and the exceptional quality of the varietals that they produce under their primary label can easily be found also with their second label, Bishop’s Peak. And a perfect example to that assertion can be found in this well-structured, nicely drinking, way-underpriced Pinot, with the grapes coming from vineyards in San Luis Obispo. Medium-deep ruby in color, the nose offers up classic rose petal to strawberry to clove-like fruit aromas which is underscored by slate-like minerality and soft cedary tones. Balanced, lush, almost silky on entry in the mouth, this Gem broadens out over the mid-range and finishes with round, refined tannins in its complex presentation and finish. Rusty asked me how much this Gem cost and then demanded that I bring home cases of this delightful find. A WONDERFUL VALUE!!! ***** 13.7% ABV *****
Drink from 2017 to 2025

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/2/2016 | Send Email
From the winemakers at Talley, the Bishop Peak label is a rather remarkable find. Bright layers of red cherry and raspberry are complemented by notes spice and a touch of oak. There is a surprisingly subtle hint of silky tannins and just a little minerality in the bottle. Coming in at under 14% ABV, the Bishop's Peak eschews power for elegance and finesse. At under $20 a bottle this is a perfect wine to grab a case of.

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/4/2016 | Send Email
I have always loved the wines from Talley Vineyards, and was very pleased to find that they make another label called Bishop's Peak, which has the same elegant, well-balanced red berry fruit and smooth texture as the Talley wines, but at a better price point. Don't hesitate to give this bottle a try, it may become a new house Pinot! Also a fabulous choice for holiday parties and larger gatherings.

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/15/2016 | Send Email
Talley Vineyards from the Central Coast harvested fruit from vineyards throughout San Luis Obispo Country and created this fantastic Pinot Noir for their Bishop's Peak label. Although 2014 was a drought year, the fruit quality really shines. This wine is elegant, showcases red fruits beautifully and has a bit of oak and spice to balance it out. It can be enjoyed on its own or with food and has a price that will allow you drink often!

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

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.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.7