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2018 Talley "Rosemary's Vineyard" Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1496966 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2018 Pinot Noir Rosemary's Vineyard is more aromatic, with beautiful black raspberry fruits, notes of scorched earth, crushed flowers, and flinty minerality, medium to full body, beautiful balance, and an elegant, seamless style that carries stunning length on the finish. 96+ Inner quote mark (9/2020)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Fresh red and dark berry, floral and exotic spice qualities on the assertively perfumed nose, along with suggestions of cola, smoky minerals and succulent herbs. Shows superb clarity and spicy lift to the juicy cherry, raspberry and boysenberry flavors, which slowly deepen and turn spicier through the midpalate. Closes extremely long, smooth and precise, with resonating florality and a sweetening suggestion of vanilla. All destemmed fruit and 35% new French oak. (JR) Inner quote mark (1/2021)

93-94 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark From the coolest, westernmost parcel on the estate, Rosemary’s is often Talley’s prettiest wine, and the 2018 is no exception. It leads with a scent of dusty dark red cherry and a tea-like spice, and a hint of sanguine minerality. The flavors are lush and red fruited, with a fruit-skin grip of tannins to go up against roast juniper pork. (PJC) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark Distinct dried herb nuances can be found on the overtly floral and discreetly spiced red berry aromas that include violet, peony and lavender. The round, caressing and sophisticated middle weight flavors possess a gorgeous mouthfeel but no lack of punch on the more complex, balanced and beautifully long finish. This is compact but the complexity is already excellent and almost sure to improve with time in bottle - provided you can keep from opening it! *Outstanding* Inner quote mark (4/2021)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Smoked game, hearty black-plum and wet slate and clay aromas make for a heady entry to the nose of this bottling. Smoked berry and licorice flavors prove soft, clean and full on the palate, where a lingering acidity pushes deep into the finish. (MK) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/29/2021 | Send Email
What you'll notice about all of the glowing critical reviews on this wine is that they all speak of soaring floral aromatics, complex minerality and stunning persistence. For me these elements are the true essence of Pinot Noir. Here in California powerful, fruit driven Pinot Noir is relatively easy to achieve. However, to capture those finer, more delicate, nuanced elements of the grape is much more elusive. Eric has done that beautifully with this wine. The long, cool end to the growing season in 2018 has allowed this wine to embrace lovely fruit ripeness and lush texture, but at the same time retain it's fragrant perfume and fresh, linear vibrancy on the palate. The extraction level and oak are perfectly judged so nothing masks this wine's resonant sense of place and lovely savory earthy qualities. This is the real deal, put it in a line up of the top Pinot Noirs on the planet, Burgundy included, and this will hold its own.

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