Talley Rosemary's Vineyard Chardonnay 2020
Rosemary’s Chardonnay is the most elegant expression of Talley Vineyards. Planted in 1987, Rosemary’s Vineyard is climatically their coolest estate vineyard and produces a nuanced Chardonnay with aromatic appeal. The 2020 vintage is long and complex on the palate with lingering notes of fresh orange and nectarine.
This premiere Chardonnay opens with aromas of lemon verbena, white peach, wet sidewalk and cracked almond. Flavors of nectarine, beeswax, orange blossom water, Meyer lemon and peach skin unfold into a long, lively finish.
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Lots of tropical fruits, honeyed apple, spice, and floral notes emerge from the 2020 Chardonnay Rosemary's Vineyard, another estate release that was brought up in around one-third new French oak. It too is medium-bodied, racy, and pure, with good balance as well as length.
Sharing a certain structural tightness that is evident in all of the Talley 2020 offerings, the Rosemary’s Vineyard bottling, more than most, clearly calls for some age. It takes its time in opening up and reveals considerably more depth and richness as it does, but it is hampered by a bit of youthful coarseness that works against immediate enjoyment. Though it currently lacks polish, especially on the back end, it is so deep, well-filled and insistent that its angles and edges do little to shake our faith in its future. It is one of several Talley Chardonnays that are best held for drinking two or three years or more down the line.
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.