Talley Rosemary's Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
The Rosemary's Vineyard Chardonnay opens with aromas of fresh Asian pear, lime blossom, and caramel, with notes of Meyer lemon, kiwi skin, freshly churned butter on fresh french baguette and red papaya.
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Light, bright yellow-gold. Mineral-driven pear, orange and floral qualities on the intensely perfumed nose, along with a hint of iodine. Silky, focused and lively in the mouth, offering sharply defined citrus and orchard fruit flavors complemented by suggestions of fennel, sweet butter and honeysuckle. Shows excellent concentration as well as energy, and finishes minerally, precise and very long, with repeating floral and pear notes. 28% new French oak.
Talley’s most iconic vineyard is Rosemary’s; once an avocado orchard, it’s named for proprietor Brian Talley’s mother. Chardonnay was first planted here in 1988. It’s the coolest site on the estate, so the grapes ripen slowly, showing superb freshness thanks to naturally high-toned acidity. Aromas of buttered apple tart and chamomile are stunning. The palate reveals a crystal-clear focus on lemon verbena, wet stone, and tangerine blossom, while acidity puts a spotlight on the finish of brioche and toffee. Aged for 14 months in (25% new) French oak.
The barrel sample of 2018 Chardonnay Rosemary's Vineyard offers crunchy white peach, Bosc pear, quince, baker’s yeast, crushed stone and nutty hints on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, it’s silky smooth, crunchy and fresh with exuberant acidity and a long, lifted finish.
Barrel Sample: 92-94
Delicate aromas of yellow apple, daffodil, lemon blossom and light butter show on the nose of this single-vineyard expression. Familiar and comforting on the palate, the wine lands softly, with poached orange, light butter and delicate oak flavors, leading into a more complex finish of chamomile and cashew.
The two best-rated Talleys present an interesting contrast in style and allow both to be served in their best settings. This one is the tighter of the pair with its mediumvolume aromas and its firm and balanced line across the palate. It is tasty, for sure, with both its crisp appley and lemon-inflected aromas enjoying a bit of rich enhancement from its modest oaky boost. Firm on the palate at entry and showing good length of flavor even as a touch of a chalky note joins in, this is one that we would put away for a few years while drinking up its mate from Oliver’s Vineyard.
Talley Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery that specializes in estate grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir ideally suited for the climate and soils of the Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys. The Talley’s farming history in the area dates to 1948 when Oliver Talley began growing vegetables in the Arroyo Grande Valley. Guided by this legacy and a commitment to long term sustainability, Talley Vineyards focuses on attention to detail in all aspects of farming and winemaking operations. The goal is to produce distinctive wines of consistently high quality that best express the unique character of each of the Talley family’s six vineyard sites in the two valleys.
Talley Vineyards is located in the Arroyo Grande Valley, seven miles east of the Pacific Ocean in San Luis Obispo County on California's South Central Coast. We are approximately halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and less than 10 minutes from Highway 101 in Arroyo Grande.
One of the coolest growing areas in California, the Arroyo Grande Valley runs from the southwest to the northeast, just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean and is part of the Central Coast AVA. Situated so that cold Pacific Ocean air and fog is allowed to filter into the valley, Arroyo Grande also has an incredibly long growing season. Bud break occurs in February in most years with flowering in May and harvest in late September; the area is classified as cool Mediterranean.
These weather factors combined with the soil types—continental and marine rocks, greywacke, limestone, shale and volcanic—create wines with great concentration and fresh acidity. The cooler end of the valley is perfect for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and is a good producer of sparkling wines. The warmer, more inland part of the valley is home to some of California’s oldest Zinfandel vines.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.