Pinot Noir, ‘Stone Corral Vyd’, Talley Vineyards
The 2013 vintage marked the second abundant harvest in a row at Talley Vineyards and the second year of the California drought. At 6 inches, total rainfall was less than 30% of the average for coastal San Luis Obispo County. Dry conditions in the spring at bloom time afforded excellent fruit set and these ideal growing conditions continued throughout the summer and fall with no rain during harvest and very little mildew or botrytis pressure. Yields were about 25% above average and the resulting wines are elegant and balanced.
The Stone Corral Vineyard is a 28 acre site located in the Edna Valley that was planted entirely to pinot noir in 2001. The sandy clay loam soils of the vineyard produce elegant wines with plush texture and dark color.
Hand-harvested September 4 – 30, 2013
The average yield was 2.81 tons per acre
Fermented with native yeast in 1.5 ton fermenters
Aged 18 months in French oak barrels, 24% new
400 cases bottled in March 2015 without filtration