2015 Talley "Rosemary's Vineyard" Arroyo Grande Valley Chardonnay (Elsewhere $50)

SKU #1299746 94 points Vinous

 (raised in French oak barrels, 20% of them new, for 17 months) Limpid yellow. A powerfully scented bouquet evokes fresh melon, Meyer lemon, honey and white flowers, and a smoky mineral nuance builds as the wine stretches out. Sappy, concentrated and penetrating on the palate, offering vibrant, mineral-tinged orchard and citrus fruit flavors and hints of chamomile, brioche and iodine. The mineral element adds energizing lift and cut to the extremely long, juicy finish, which leaves behind a sexy floral note. (JR)  (11/2017)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Spectacular aromas of sea salt, dried lemon peels, seared mandarins, chamomile, lemongrass, kaffir lime and plumeria make the mouth water simply upon smelling this savory wine. The sip is loaded with tension and judicious acidity, and yet the flavors are soft, from lemon meringue to crisp pluot and vanilla dust

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Charging out of the gate with intense pink grapefruit, lemongrass and ripe peach notes complemented by hints of brioche and ginger, the 2015 Chardonnay Estate Rosemary's Vineyard fills the palate with creamy stone fruit and citrus flavors, supported by a racy acid line and finishing with lingering savory notes. 92+ points. (LPB)  (9/2017)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Very much showing the richness and firm structure that are hallmarks of the 2015 Talley Chardonnays, this one from Rosemary’s Vineyard is a full-bodied working that exhibits fine fruity concentration along with a generous measure of oak. It smells of fresh apples, toast and cream and follows suit in the mouth where undisguised acidity makes an appearance, and, if arguably a touch cramped and hard at the finish just now, it has the right pieces in place to expand and unfold if allowed a year or two of additional cellar time.  (7/2017)

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Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2017 | Send Email
Of the 2015 Chardonnays I tasted while visiting the Talley estate this past March, The Rosemary's vineyard stands as the most deeply felt, fully realized offering. The house style seems to value the mineral expression of the terroir and a dedication to quality fruit, producing some incredibly linear, focused, and fresh wines. The Rosemary's however, shows a bit more depth and leesiness with its nose of honeyed nuts, subtle coconut, baked apple, and sea salt. While the palate is rounder and richer than the other bottlings, with hints of buttercream and warm spice, there is still piercing acidity and quenching textural tension from the chalky, salty minerality. This is gorgeous Chardonnay for any occasion, but perhaps paired best with a flaky white fish in brown butter.

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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.