2015 Talley "Rincon Vineyard" Arroyo Grande Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1299745 94 points Vinous

 (aged for 17 months in French oak barrels, 20% of them new) Bright yellow. Powerful, mineral-accented Meyer lemon, pear and nectarine scents show excellent clarity and complicating suggestions of fennel and toasty lees. Minerally and precise in the mouth, offering concentrated orchard and citrus fruit flavors and deeper suggestions of buttery brioche and honeydew melon. Shows impressive depth as well as energy and finishes silky, gently sweet and very long, displaying a suave floral nuance. (JR)  (11/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Offering up fragrant peach and ripe pear notes with underlying hints of salted almonds, baking bread and beeswax, the 2015 Chardonnay Rincon Vineyard coats the palate in toasty flavors, featuring a lively backbone and long finish with some mineral coming through. (LPB)  (9/2017)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 As group, the Talley Chardonnays impress as being fairly deep and still somewhat tight, and, if this one is both, it conveys the greatest fruity volume and complexity of the bunch. It is rich and substantial but never once suggests heaviness, and its well-married mix of ripe apples, sweet spice and creamy oak hangs on and on at the finish. Its ample, neatly fit acidity contributes the kind of brightness and backbone that guarantee good things ahead, and, even if there is plenty to like in the near term, we plan on waiting for another year or two.  (7/2017)

K&L Notes

This vineyard was planted by Don Talley in 1984 and, unusually, grows entirely on its own roots without grafting. Winemaker's Notes: "The 2015 vintage of the Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay offers aromas of bright lemon, confectioners’ sugar, and a touch of flint. Notes of roasted coffee bean, Asian pear, and honeysuckle on the palate are matched with mouth watering salinity. Try pairing this alluring Chardonnay with swordfish and roasted vegetables or a spinach and leek frittata."

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Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/25/2017 | Send Email
The Rincon bottling (from vines planted in 1984) is a bright, refreshing style with an abundance of nuances that continue to unfold as the wine opens in the glass. Starting off with crunchy apple and bright lemon, it then reveals subtle notes of honey, almond, and hazelnut, along with a wave of of tropical pineapple and pear. Mineral notes of flint and stone make an appearance toward the back end, providing the finish with beautiful freshness, salinity, and an invitation for another sip.

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- 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.

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.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.