2015 Talley "Estate" Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1356782 93 points Vinous

 Deep brilliant red. Ripe red berries, incense and candied flowers on the seductively perfumed nose, along with a smoky mineral accent that adds vivacity. Sappy, alluringly sweet and focused on the palate, offering powerful cherry, raspberry and vanilla flavors complemented by a building Asian spice nuance. Smooth and seamless in texture, finishing with solid thrust, resonating spiciness and smooth tannins. (JR)  (11/2017)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A terrific value, the 2015 Pinot Noir Arroyo Grande Valley comes from the Rincon, Rosemary’s and Las Ventanas Vineyards and spent 19 months in 30% new French oak. It offers classic notes of spiced red fruits (strawberries, raspberries), underbrush and spice in its charming, impeccably balanced, silky style. It doesn't have the length or depth of the single vineyards, yet is a classic California Pinot Noir that shines for its typicity and balance.  (8/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Estate reveals a lovely perfume of lavender, dried Provence herbs and dried roses over a core of fresh cranberries and Bing cherries, plus a waft of cinnamon stick. Light to medium-bodied and with great elegance in the mouth, the perfumed red fruit is nicely framed by soft, fine-grained tannins and it finishes on an earthy note. (LPB)  (9/2017)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Pretty aromas of pomegranate, red-rose petals, carnations and hibiscus make for a fresh and juicy entry to this appellation blend. The relatively lighter-bodied palate is richer than expected, with deep pomegranate and hibiscus flavors. (MK)  (8/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Powerfully spicy, with dried ginger and cardamom notes to the concentrated cherry, currant and plum flavors. Shows broad reach on the savory and well-honed finish. (KM, Web-2018)

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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.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.4