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Talley Rosemary's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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Winemaker Notes

This wine has layered aromas of rose petals, black currant, and mushroom, with subtle hints of lavender. On the palate there are delicate flavors of black fruit and minerals. The texture is silky with a lean texture that finishes long with graceful tannins.

This wine pairs well with meat dishes such as rack of lamb and pan-seared duck breast.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A beautiful deep ruby/plum color with hints of purple is followed by aromas of flowers, raspberries and blueberries in this medium to full-bodied 2009 Pinot Noir. It possesses fresh acidity, stunning purity, a long, expansive mouthfeel, terrific equilibrium, and the oak is completely concealed by the layers of fruit. It should drink well for another 10-15 years.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Offers intense, vibrant, well-focused and elegant flavors, with loamy earth, crushed rock, dried berry and subtle floral scents, as flavors build on the finish. Best from 2013 through 2020. 376 cases made.
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Talley Vineyards

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Talley Vineyards, Central Coast, California
2009 Rosemary's Vineyard Pinot Noir
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 primacy of terrior in its wines, and every step taken from vine to bottle is reflective of this approach.

Central Coast

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The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of the state's wine. The sprawling district covers most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara from the coast inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley. Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types, and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including Monterey, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, and Santa Cruz Mountains.

Just about every major international grape variety is planted within this vast AVA, from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. A significant proportion of the region’s produce is generic, inexpensive bulk wine, but the Central Coast is also home to many small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as everything in between.

Pinot Noir

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One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is commonly referred to by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape.” However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. More reflective than most varieties of the land on which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality, and demands care in the vineyard and lots of attention in the winery. It is an important component of Champagne and the only variety permitted in red Burgundy. Pinot Noir enjoys immense popularity internationally, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand.

In the Glass

Pinot Noir Is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and lively acidity. It ranges in body from very light to the heavier side of medium, typically landing somewhere in the middle—giving it extensive possibilities for food pairing. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount), it can develop hauntingly beautiful characteristics of fresh earth, autumn leaves, and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon, ocean trout, and tuna. Its mild mannered tannins don’t fight with spicy food, and give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry—chicken, quail, and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, it can even match with heavier fare. Pinot Noir is also very vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

Pinot Noir is dangerously drinkable, highly addictive, and has a bad habit of emptying the wallet. Look for affordable but still delicious examples from Germany (as Spätburgunder), Italy (as Pinot Nero), Chile, New Zealand, and France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions.

SKRCTY054_2009 Item# 113343

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