Talley Rosemarys Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
This Chardonnay has brightly layered aromas of lemon zest and wet stone with subtle notes of white flowers. On the palate this wine is delicate with citrus and mineral flavors that lead into a clean finish.
This Chardonnay is a perfect complement to grilled mahi mahi or steamed lobster with chive butter.
Wine Enthusiast - "Chardonnays from this vineyard are virtually guaranteed to be among the richest in California, and Talley’s 2008 certainly doesn’t disappoint. It’s a massively structured, flamboyant wine, tremendous in tropical fruit, pear, peach and apple flavors that taste like they’ve been baked into a pie, along with the sweet, smoky crust. A tremendous wine that must be paired with equally sized food. Lobster and scallops come to mind, served in rich cream and butter sauces."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 is slightly thicker than the 2009. It is full-bodied with notions of honeyed apples, nectarines, white citrus, tangerine oil, and a subtle smoky component. Crisp acids, medium to full body, and outstanding texture, richness and length make for another impressive Chardonnay that may be slightly more honeyed than the 2009, without the delicacy and finesse of the latter vintage. However, it is more elegant, thick and unctuous than the 2009. It should drink well for 10-12 years."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright, green-tinged yellow. An intensely perfumed bouquet displays scents of lime zest, pear and anise, with suave floral and mineral qualities that gain strength with aeration. Rich and fleshy but dry, with a steely core of minerality supporting its deep citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Becomes spicier in the glass and finishes with excellent clarity, cut and juicy persistence. I've no doubt that this will be a slow ager."
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Talley Vineyards is a small family-owned and operated winery located in the Arroyo Grande Valley on California's South Central Coast. This valley opens directly to the Pacific Ocean, making it one of the coolest and most temperate viticultural areas in California. The goal at Talley Vineyards is to produce estate bottled Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of uncompromising quality. Talley Vineyards is committed to the prmicay of terrior in its wines, and every step taken from vine to bottle is reflective of this approach. View all Talley Vineyards Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.