2017 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo County Chardonnay

SKU #1374516 91 points Vinous

 Limpid yellow. Bright and energetic on the nose, displaying fresh citrus and orchard fruit qualities and subtle vanilla and ginger flourishes. In a lively, precise style, showing very good definition and minerally cut on the back half. Finishes silky and quite long, with repeating citrus character and a sexy honeysuckle nuance. (JR)  (1/2019)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 This twist-top bottling is an excellent choice for affordable, crisp style of Chardonnay that would go well with shellfish. Aromas of pear flesh and chalk lead into a grippy palate that's full of wet stone minerality and citrus flavors. *Editors' Choice* (MK)  (12/2018)

Jeb Dunnuck

 The value-priced 2017 Bishop's Peak Chardonnay, which was brought up in a mix of stainless steel and neutral French oak, offers charming, delicious notes of white flowers, pineapple, and lemon zest as well as a fresh, clean, balanced style on the palate. It’s a good value and ideal for drinking over the coming couple of years.  (11/2018)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Bishop's Peak Chardonnay gives uncomplicated apple and honeydew melon scents with touches of fresh straw and baker’s yeast. Light to medium-bodied, refreshing and with a good intensity of straightforward apple-laced fruit, its appeal is its simplicity and purity. (LPB)  (9/2017)

Wine Spectator

 Features hints of onion confit to the baked apple pastry and dried pear flavors. Tangerine detail shows on the fruity finish. Drink now. (KM)  (3/2019)

K&L Notes

Bishop’s Peak wines are handcrafted by Talley Vineyards to capture the varietal and regional diversity of San Luis Obispo County. Bishop’s Peak, an iconic local landmark, was chosen as the symbol for the brand, showcasing wines that are produced in small lots from vineyard sites in the Arroyo Grande Valley, Edna Valley, and Paso Robles Viticultural Areas as well as the Nipomo area south of Arroyo Grande. Some of these sites are owned by the Talley family while others are owned by growers who share the family’s commitment to quality. The wines balance production and quality to deliver exceptional value, while maintaining the same attention to detail that is the hallmark of Talley Vineyards.

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By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/21/2019 | Send Email
The folks at Talley have been making some of our favorite Chardonnay in the area for quite a while. While their Bishop's Peak line sees less oak, it undoubtedly delivers the same quality and value of their main brand. This wine brims with tropical fruit - guava, passion fruit and melon - and finishes brisk and clean. The subtle oak adds texture and a longer finish, but sits more in the background, letting the fruit and acid shine. At this price, it may become your go-to everyday Chardonnay.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2019 | Send Email
Talley's wine are among my favorites in all of California and their Bishop's Peak range of wines give people everyday drinkability without having to sacrifice quality. As the label states - hand-picked, hand-crafted and aged in French oak. This is seriously great Chardonnay at bargain basement pricing. Sourcing from their own vineyards and neighbors, these wines are from the same stable as the 96 point Rosemary's Chard, made by the same winemaker Eric Johnson...and the pedigree is clear to see or rather taste! Bright, flinty aromas of orchard fruits, pie crust and white blossom. The palate is focused and mineral intensive with salinity and verve. A juicy, generous texture fills in without masking any of the subtle complexities. Beautifully judged. Crowd pleasing but also refined and detailed. Drinks WAY above it's modest price point.
Top Value!

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2019 | Send Email
Wonderfully fresh and fruity, the Bishop’s Peak Chardonnay uses no new oak barrels in the fermentation process. Sourced from coastal San Luis Obispo County, the fruit gives off flavors of crisp melon, citrus and pear. Great buy for a refreshing California Chardonnay!

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2019 | Send Email
I've always found the Bishop's Peak wines to offer a surplus of flavor for the cost. This Chardonnay is bright and fresh, with an uplifting amount of acidity and truly a lot of intricacy. San Luis Obispo is offering a lot of value and is a great alternative from the ever-increasing prices of NorCal wines.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2019 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is filled with a delicate stone fruit with hints of sweet vanilla that gracefully frame the wine. On the palate it shows mid weight but has a supple textural richness accented by a nice acidic balance. The finish is standard but perhaps very good for $15 California Chardonnay, all in all an excellent value that shows character beyond a dose of toasty oak.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.7