2017 Talley Estate Pinot Noir
San Luis Obispo, CA
$32.99 / $28.99 SALE
Native yeast in 1.5 ton fermenters, punched down by hand. 15% whole cluster fermentation
15 months in 30% new French oak barrels
The signature red wine of Talley Vineyards, the Estate Pinot Noir has been bottled since the inaugural 1986 vintage and represents a pure expression of the Arroyo Grande Valley appellation. Aromas of cherry, pomegranate, sage, and dusty roots with flavors of Raspberry rhubarb, cranberry, orange peel, and nutmeg on the palate.
Deep glistening ruby-red. Vibrant, sharply focused aromas of cherry, potpourri and Asian spices are lifted by a smoky mineral flourish. Broad and concentrated on the palate, offering raspberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that show impressive energy and focus. Rich yet lively in character, finishing with strong, spicy drive and fine-grained tannins that come in late. 26% new French oak.
92pts Jeb Dunnuck
The appellation release, the 2017 Pinot Noir Estate is all estate fruit that spent 15 months in 35% new French oak. Beautiful notes of red currants, raspberries, spring flowers, and ground herbs notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, fresh, racy effort that has bright acidity, fine tannins, and a great finish. This vibrant, age-worthy effort will keep for over a decade.