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2010 Talley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande Valley
Vineyard Designation
Rincon & Rosemary's Vineyards
Harvest Date
Hand harvested August 31 through October 9, 2010
17 months
30% new French oak barrels
Bottling Date
February 15, 2012
Wine Spectator
Robert Parker
Stephen Tanzer's

2010 Talley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir

This medium-bodied pinot noir has a plush mouthfeel with concentrated fresh raspberries and cranberries.
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This pinot noir has a rich bouquet layered with dried strawberries and cherries with aromas of rose petals, toasted nuts, and dried sage, with subtle hints of plowed earth. This medium-bodied pinot noir has a plush mouthfeel with concentrated fresh raspberries and cranberries balanced by a fresh acidity characteristic of the Arroyo Grande Valley. This wine pairs well with braised pork shoulder with fennel and olives.

Wine Profile
90 Points. California Grapevine, July 2012. Medium-light ruby; attractive, fragrant, earthy, strawberry and cherry fruit aroma with a hint of cocoa; medium to medium full body; slightly rich, plummy, cherry fruit flavors with firm acidity; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Easy to dink now. Very highly recommended. 14.4% alcohol; 3,536 cases; 100% PN

90 Points. Robert Parker, August 2012. The 2010 Pinot Noir Estate wraps around the palate with expansive layers of expressive dark red fruit. Mint, flowers and anise develop in the glass, adding further depth. This is another deep, beautifully nuanced wine, especially for the money. The Estate is a blend of fruit from Rincon and Rosemary’s. Winemaker Eric Johnson used some stems in the Rincon fruit, while the Rosemary’s was fully destemmed. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.

92 Points. Stephen Tanzer, Nov/Dec 2012. (90% of this fruit came from the Rincon vineyard). Vivid red. Heady, exotic bouquet evokes candied red fruits, potpourri and spicecake, with a mineral topnote. Fresh, penetrating raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show impressive clarity and put on weight with air. Fine-grained tannins give shape to the finish, which leaves sweet red berry and rose pastille notes behind. This must be the best version of this bottling I've yet tasted from Talley.

88 Points. Wine Spectator, June 2012 A rich, graceful style, offering ripe cherry, wild berry and raspberry fruit that's spicy. Loamy earth notes give this a nice foundation. Drink now through 2022. 3,536 cases made. –JL
Vineyard Notes
The 2010 year began with average rainfall followed by a very warm spring which enhanced fruit set. The summer and fall months were the coolest on record leading to an exceptionally long growing season. A six day heat spell in mid-September finished the ripening. Yields in the Arroyo Grande Valley were average and the grapes had lower sugar levels and perfectly developed flavors.
Winemaker Notes
90% Rincon Vineyard fruit, 10% Rosemary’s Vineyard fruit
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