Bottles to Celebrate the Holidays
It is a much loved Talley Vineyards tradition for some rare large format bottles to make their way out of the wine library and appear at our annual company holiday party. For obvious reasons, this generates a lot of excitement among staff members. But this year an additional level of excitement was added when Brian Talley suggested using the unlabeled bottles as a blank canvas for group art projects. The various departments turned into artistic teams and heads were put together to come up with some unique and festive decoration. Of course, in typical Talley Vineyards fashion, what could have been an all in fun creative endeavor quickly devolved into a (mostly) good natured competition. A great deal of trash talk took place, some still continues a full week later, as self declared winners explained why their bottle was the best.
So who were the true winners the night of the holiday party? I am going to say it and I don’t care how cheesy is sounds - we were all winners! While each of the large format bottles may have looked imaginative and festive on the outside, it was trying the amazing wine inside that was truly a win. The standout for me was a magnum of 1996 Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay. Despite the many years spent in bottle, the wine remained bright and balanced with great structure and a remarkable amount of vibrant fruit on the palate. It is always a special treat to try these remarkable old vintages and a great reminder that we are fortunate to work for a company that produces incredible wine.