Arroyo Grande Valley
Rincon & Rosemary's Vineyards
Hand harvested August 26- October 8, 2011
22% new French oak barrels
February 8, 2013
2011 Talley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir
93 Points by Antonio Galloni
This wine is no longer available.
This pinot noir has an enticing bouquet of raspberry, cherry, rose petal, and cola. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine has a plush mouthfeel with concentrated flavors of red fruit and mineral balanced by a fresh acidity characteristic of the Arroyo Grande Valley. This wine pairs well with roasted lamb and seared duck breast.
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.
85% Rincon Vineyard fruit, 15% Rosemary’s Vineyard fruit