CTY-103

Chardonnay, ‘Arroyo Grande – Estate’, Talley Vineyards

The 2014 vintage marked the third year of the California drought. Warm and dry conditions resulted in the earliest harvest start date, August 1, in the history of Talley Vineyards. At 9 inches, total rainfall was less than 50% of the average for Coastal San Luis Obispo County. Ideal growing conditions during bloom time in the spring afforded excellent fruit set with very little mildew or botrytis pressure during the remainder of the season. The wines produced in 2014 share many of the characteristics that made the 2012 and 2013 vintages so appealing: charm, elegance and balance.

62 % Rincon Vineyard, 33% Rosemary’s Vineyard, 5% Monte Sereno Vineyard

Native  yeast barrel fermented.
Aged sur lie 9 months in French oak barrels, 23% new.

Producer:
Vintage:
2014
Country:
USA
Region:
California
Appellation:
Arroyo Grande Valley
Variety:
Chardonnay
Color:
White
Case Pack:
12
Bottle Size:
750
Farming Practice:
Sustainable

Tasting Notes

Soft gold in color, the 2014 Estate Chardonnay is a beautiful expression of the character and style of the Arroyo Grande Valley. On the nose, vibrant aromas of pear and stone fruits are followed by a hint of subtle toasted oak. The palate is soft and plush with delicate acidity. Notes of peach, lemon oil, baked brioche and slivered almonds are complemented by minerality true to the Arroyo Grande Valley. Enjoy this classic chardonnay with light seafood fare, such as steamed mussels or Dungeness crab.

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Press & Reviews

Parker

Score:
90
Date:
2016-08-31