Arroyo Grande Valley
Rincon & Rosemary's Vineyards
Hand-harvested September 4 - October 8, 2012
20% new French oak barrels
December, 2013 without filtration
2012 Talley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir
The 2012 Estate Pinot Noir expresses exceptional aromatic complexity with notes of fresh black cherries and subtle rhubarb, followed by hints of toasted oak and ripe cranberry. This wine has flavors of raspberry, dried thyme, tobacco and finishes with a hint of black pepper. Medium in body, it expresses the savory mineral and earth characteristics of the Arroyo Grande Valley and pairs nicely with pan seared filet mignon or grilled salmon.
The 2012 vintage was one of those rare years where both quality and yield were exceptional, probably the best overall since 2005. The growing season was ideal with slightly below average rainfall, moderate canopy growth and very little mildew or botrytis. Due to excellent spring weather, fruit set was ideal. Yields were about 20% above average and the resulting wines are elegant and balanced.
50% Rincon Vineyard, 47% Rosemary’s Vineyard, 3% Las Ventanas Vineyard fruit