2016 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo Pinot Noir

SKU #1351860 93 points James Suckling

 I love the spicy complexity to the nose with underbrush, Thai basil and bay leaves, complementing the dark berries. Tightly formulated with firm tannins, driven acidity and a structured finish. Drink now.  (5/2019)

91 points Vinous

 The 2016 Pinot Noir from Bishop’s Peak, Brian Talley’s entry-level range, delivers the goods for a great price. From a superb vintage, it’s balanced and energetic, deftly playing ripeness off of finesse and showing pure red fruit and floral character, seamless texture and spicy persistence. (JR)  (12/2018)

Connoisseurs Guide

 An all-around lighter, slightly quiescent look at Pinot that begins with a fairly fragrant nose of fresh cherries, flowers and a dusting of dried herbs, this mid-sized offering is pleasantly rounded in feel and sits easily on the palate. It is not a big-impact wine by any means, but neither is it thin or overly timid, and it is well suited to matching with milder fare running from poached salmon to lightly seasoned poultry.  (11/2018)

K&L Notes

This wine is fermented with native yeast in open top fermenters and sees 10 months of aging in French oak (28% new) before being bottled before the next harvest in an effort to retain freshness. From the winery: "The 2016 growing season was one of the very best in the 30 year history of Talley Vineyards. After four years of severe drought, El Niño conditions brought the most rainfall to the region since 2011. After a cool and windy spring, temperatures throughout the season were moderate, especially during the critical summer months when veraison and ripening occurred. The absence of severe heat for any extended period during the harvest season meant that the grapes were harvested at a moderate pace at optimal ripeness. Yields in the vineyard were consistent with five year averages and the resulting wines reflect the concentration, balance and elegance that is the hallmark of the confluence of a perfect growing season and a wine growing approach committed to capturing all the potential of Coastal San Luis Obispo County."

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By: Robert Cash | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2019 | Send Email
A high-quality Pinot Noir under $20 is not easy to find, Pinot Noir not being the easiest varietal to grow. But the folks at Talley are known for their renowned Pinots, and their many years of craftsmanship and expertise are evidenced here in their Bishop's Peak offering. The nose is beautiful, with a dynamic interplay of bramble, cherries, strawberries, and a touch of white pepper. Very balanced on the palate with notes of cherry, orange rind. Smooth, balanced with medium acidity and soft tannins and good length, this is a knockout value Pinot!
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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2019 | Send Email
Compelling Pinot Noir is almost never under $20. Talley's "Bishop's Peak" Pinot is one of those rare wines that delivers an authentic, complex, layered, expression of the variety that barely puts a dent in your pocket book! The Bishop's Peak wines have long been staples for us here at K&L; we've promoted them as "Staff Picks" for many many years, and if you shop in one of our stores I'm sure you've had them recommended to you. We'll for good or bad these wines have recently been attracting the attention of the wine critics...This 2016 release was just given 93 points from James Suckling to go with an existing 91 points from Vinous Media. These types of scores are simply unheard of for a wine of this price point and truly reflect the way this wine over delivers in quality and pedigree. We purchased every case we could of this delicious wine so what we have in stock is the last of this vintage...get it while you can. Cheers!
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By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/4/2019 | Send Email
Pinot Noir is a delicate and temperamental grape to grow and attempting to find a good, balanced bottle for under $20 can be disappointing. However, this wine from Bishop's Peak is one of the few really good ones in a handful that I have tasted that truly satisfies my drinking pleasure and budget. It checks all of the boxes: fruit, earth, vibrant acidity, overall structure. No overly oaked, extracted flavors or flabby, thin juice here; this is well-made, balanced Pinot Noir with winemaking pedigree.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2019 | Send Email
There is a lot of fruit in this Pinot, but the medium weight body means the fruit is delicate and lifted, not overly ripe and flat. Bishop's Peak is one of my favorite values in Domestic wines and offers a lot of complexity for the price. This would be a fantastic choice for a house red or a party as it is easy-drinking and sure to please everyone.

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2019 | Send Email
One of the Best Buys for under $20 in the store! This is a silky smooth and very drinkable Pinot Noir that would best be described as a “crowd-pleaser”! The red fruits, spice and savory flavors linger on the finish and seem to melt into your mouth. This is a great pick to go with lighter fare or even just as a cocktail before dinner.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2019 | Send Email
The nose is very expressive, it says Pinot Noir in a more savory, earthy way that's more complex than a tutti frutti version. On the palate the wine shows good weight and structure coupled with a more Old World fruit, not over-ripe or under-ripe and flavors more akin to stem contact. Very good balance with some real lift in the finish an excellent bottle of wine for the price point.

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/27/2018 | Send Email
For over thirty years, Talley Vineyards has exemplified the finest in Central Coastal Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and in 2016 they exceeded their reputation. Produced from both purchased and estate fruit, the Bishop's Peak Pinot Noir is a second wine in name only, with expressive cherry and tea leaf aromas followed by polished notes of strawberry and pomegranate, framed by sedate tannins and a silky finish. The perfect, welcoming everyday Pinot that will enhance both holiday parties and festive meals.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2018 | Send Email
Our friends at Talley Vineyards are touting this as the “best vintage in their 30 year history,” and their second label Pinot Noir shows why. The mostly estate bottling features rich savory strawberry, black cherry fruit with notes of black tea and kirsch, an incredibly smooth, integrated texture and a long finish. Best bang for under 20 bucks in the store.

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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