Evocative aromas of wet stone, earth, and lemon curd give way to penetrating concentration and an expansive finish. The Estate Chardonnay blends grapes from the Talley Family's two vineyards in the Arroyo Grande Valley: 88% Rincon Vineyard and 12% Rosemary's Vineyard. The nineteen-year-old vines growing on the steep clay/limestone hillsides of the Rincon Vineyard contribute Chardonnay of richness and mineral complexity. The Rosemary's Vineyard portion was sourced from three distinct vineyard blocks—the fifteen-year-old section in front of Don and Rosemary Talley's home, as well as two new plantings in the canyons that flank the original planting.
"A wine of finesse and elegance, with intense, vibrant fruit that's ripe and rich, with layers of smoky toasty oak, honeysuckle, fig and melon, turning subtle and polished. Drink now through 2005."
-Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2002