Talley Vineyards Chardonnay Arroyo Grande Valley Estate 2007
Talley Vineyards makes distinctive, handcrafted pinot noir and chardonnay wines that reflect the unique character of each of our vineyards in the Arroyo Grande Valley and Edna Valley on California's South Central Coast. Bishop's Peak Wines encompass the larger Central Coast region, handcrafted at Talley Vineyards from fruit grown in Santa Barbara County, Edna Valley, Paso Robles and Monterey County.
Excellent balance! An amazing vintage of Chardonnay for Talley.
External Reviews for Talley Vineyards Chardonnay Arroyo Grande Valley Estate
Dramatic and unctuous, displaying Rosemary’s usual complexity and intensity. In this fine vintage, the ripe grilled pineapple, peach tart, crème brûlée, buttered toast, honeysuckle and mineral flavors are accompanied by fine, crisp acidity that brightens and lifts the richness. Very rich and elegant. Drink now–2010.
The 2007’s light straw color is followed by subtle oak notes, good structure and a sense of tannin to the wine’s profile. Exuberant aromas of citrus oil, orange peel, lemon blossom, green apple and a hint of pineapple are followed by a full-bodied Chardonnay with great fruit and length as well as the elegance, finesse and restraint that seem to be characteristics of a Talley wine. This 2007 should drink well for 10–15 years.
A shade trimmer than Talley�s Edna Valley bottling, with a flinty mineral edge to the floral apple and pear fruit. Full-bodied, ending with a complex, lingering finish. Drink now through 2012. (Tasting Highlights, May 6, 2009) Talley's 2007 Estate Chardonnay comes from two of the winery's famed vineyards in the Arroyo Grande Valley - Rincon (84%) and Rosemary's (16%) - that is 100% barrel fermented in 30% new French oak. Tending toward the citrus and Granny Smith apple side of the Chardonnay spectrum on the nose, there's also a subtle hint of walnut and vanilla. In the mouth, the vibrant minerality zings along, carrying with it tangy pineapple and lemon fruit flavors. Balanced and mouthwatering with the velvety texture of a barrel-fermented wine, this soft wine will go well with seafood or your favorite pasta dressed with fresh pesto.
The 2007 Chardonnay Rosemaryandrsquo;s Vineyard has a similar light gold color and a distinct smell of crushed rocks intermixed with white flowers as well as restrained nectarine and orange blossom. Much more expressive in the mouth than the tight aromatics suggest, this brilliant wine builds incrementally and authoritatively on the palate, with beautiful purity, fruit, and structure. Talleyandrsquo;s house style of richness, restraint, and power combined with elegance is beautifully displayed in this full-bodied example of Chardonnay. Drink it over the next 5andndash;6 years.
Offers a minerally edge to the ripe pear and melon flavors, gaining depth and nuance with air. Full-bodied and tight. Drink now. Drink now through 2012.