Arroyo Grande Valley
Rincon & Rosemary Vineyards
September 12-October 20, 2011
23% new French oak barrels
2011 Talley Vineyards Estate Chardonnay
Light golden yellow in color, this chardonnay has a vibrant and fresh bouquet of lemon peel and lime zest with subtle creamy aromas. On the palate, this wine has layered flavors of citrus fruits and nuttiness that are balanced by a bright acidity leading into a long, elegant finish. This chardonnay pairs well with delicate white fish and shrimp dishes.
The 2011 year began with above average rainfall in Southern San Luis Obispo County. Though we were spared the late spring frost that affected other areas, fruit set was reduced by wet spring conditions and yields were about 30% below average. One of the coolest summers on record resulted in long hang time and grapes with high natural acidity. The resulting wines balance refreshing acidity with concentrated flavors due to the low yields.
75% Rincon Vineyard, 25% Rosemary’s Vineyard