2013 Talley "Estate" Arroyo Grande Pinot Noir

SKU #1199226 93 points Wine & Spirits

 Grown mostly at Talley’s Rincon and Rosemary vineyards—two hilly, low-yielding sites around seven miles from the Pacific—this is vivid Pinot Noir, capturing California sunshine in its ample fruit richness, yet finding tart, crunchy detail at its edges. Its intensity feels lean and muscular rather than fat, with red raspberry and wild herbal aromas that are expansive and lasting.  (10/2015)

92 points Vinous

 Vivid red. Intense aromas of fresh red berries and rose oil, plus suggestions of blood orange and dusty minerals. Silky and fine-grained, offering nervy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of candied rose. Delicate and precise but also deep, with gentle tannins building slowly on the long, sharply focused finish. (JR)  (9/2015)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Outstanding* Here the nose is slightly more deeply pitched with notes of both red and dark currant, spice and cool menthol nuances. The mouth feel of the medium-bodied flavors is notably finer with both good volume and mid-palate density, all wrapped in a dusty, moderately firm and beautifully long finish that offers better depth.  (6/2015)

Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* Much like its mate from the Edna Valley below, this bottling is again a bit backward and closed in a way not inconsistent with its youth, but it is the slightly preferred of the two wines by dint of its brightness and livelier fruit. Although a touch angular and tart at the finish just now, it shows fine fruity focus and length and is a sure bet to impress as it rounds into shape ...  (6/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From the Arroyo Grande Valley and mostly from Rosemary's and Rincon Vineyards, the 2013 Pinot Noir Estate Arroyo Grande Valley saw 13 months in 30% new French oak. It's another classy, medium-bodied, well-made and juicy Pinot Noir that has classic Burgundian notes of sour cherries, rose petals and sappy underbrush. (JD)  (8/2015)

Wine Enthusiast

 There's a nice purity of fruit on the nose of this appellation blend, with strawberry, cranberry and pomegranate notes enhanced by turned earth and slate. The palate is crisp and driven by cranberry, with a touch of orange-rind tang and a pencil-shaving element on the finish. (MK)  (12/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Appealing, with floral and ripe raspberry scents. An elegant style, juicy and lively to drink, ending clean. (Web-2015)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 14