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2015 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo Pinot Noir

SKU #1319192 91 points Vinous

 (31% new French oak) Bright red. Heady cherry and red berry scents show excellent clarity and pick up hints of smoky minerals, succulent herbs and candied flowers with air. Sappy, incisive black raspberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors show very good clarity and develop a sweet hint of vanilla on the back half. Powerful yet lithe, showing firm closing bite and lingering rose and allspice qualities. (JR)  (11/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Bishop's Peak Pinot Noir displays a pale to medium ruby-purple color and notes of kirsch, cranberry sauce and raspberry tart with a waft of underbrush. Medium-bodied and giving a great intensity of red berry preserves and earthy flavors, it has a chewy texture and refreshing finish. Great value! (LPB)  (9/2017)

K&L Notes

Josh Raynolds writing for Vinous that, "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." (09/2016)

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/5/2018 | Send Email
Consistently one of my favorite Californian Pinot Noirs at this price! Bishop's Peak is made by Talley Winery, and the fruit comes from a vineyard neighboring the Talley estate. The quality of the wine-making is excellent, and like all the Talley wines, showcases a style whose middle name is balance. The Bishop's Peak Pinot is full of bright, red fruits such as cranberry and raspberry, with an elegant hint of clove spice, and a soft, fine tannin. On the palate the wine is medium to lighter bodied, but with ripe berry fruit following through to the finish.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/17/2017 | Send Email
This little beauty is a side project of Talley vineyards, so you get that Talley quality at a great price! Bright, almost sour, nose of red fruits and baking spices. On the palate, dark strawberry and raspberry fruit with an overlay of spice and cinnamon. A nice, lingering finish that is bright with acidity. Pretty and pretty affordable!

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2017 | Send Email
Could be the best domestic Pinot for around $25 in the store. This wine has purity, complexity, balance and drive. It is simply great Pinot Noir.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2017 | Send Email
From the good folks at Talley Vineyards in Arroyo Grande, the fruit for this wine comes from a vineyard adjacent to the estate. Always one of the better Pinot Noir values under $20, this 2015 vintage is truly outstanding! Lightly floral on the nose with intriguing spice notes. Bright and lively and very fresh on first impression, turning sweeter and gaining weight in the mouth, and finishing very fine. Loads of ripe, red and black fruits with notes of Bing cherry. This is one hell of a sexy Pinot Noir, and a terrific effort from Talley.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2017 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is so complex, clove, Darjeeling tea, sandalwood and blackberry I had to go back and look at the price of this wine, really? $17.99? Holy Cow, you don’t get this in that price point. The palate has a supple richness to it that makes it so easy to drink, there on the palate the spice and blackberry come back but they aren’t candied sweet, they are fresh and faceted. The finish is superb, the richness is balanced by a lifting in the finish that cleans and focuses your palate. Really an outstanding wine at the price point.
Drink from 2017 to 2020

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/27/2017 | Send Email
An easy going pinot for any time of day; this San Luis Obispo pinot is fairly light in color and has a clean, fruity aroma. Much more depth on the palate, however, where a juicier mouth feel and mineral aftertaste present themselves. A sub-$20 California pinot you can be confident about.

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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