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2011 Talley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir
Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Arroyo Grande Valley
Vineyard Designation
Rincon & Rosemary's Vineyards
Harvest Date
Hand harvested August 26- October 8, 2011
Aging
16 months
Fermentation
22% new French oak barrels
Bottling Date
February 8, 2013
Wine Enthusiast
90
Stephen Tanzer's
92
Wine Advocate
90

2011 Talley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir

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.
93 Points by Antonio Galloni
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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.
Wine Profile
Ratings
93 Points. Vinous, by Antonio Galloni, July 31, 2013. The 2011 Pinot Noir Estate wafts from the glass with exquisite aromatics and weightless, articulate fruit. Bright, nuanced and wonderfully delineated, the 2011 is all about understatement. Clean, saline notes support the bright finish. The partial use of whole clusters works very nicely here. This is a drop-dead gorgeous wine from Brian Talley.

92 Points. Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Oct/Nov 2013.Vivid ruby-red.  Fresh red berry and rose scents show impressive clarity and energy.  Sweet, pure and elegant in style, offering lively raspberry and spicecake flavors and a seamless, silky texture.  Shows excellent focus and alluring spiciness on the finish, with fine-grained tannins adding shape and gentle grip.  This graceful pinot is already delicious.
Vineyard Notes
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.
Winemaker Notes
85% Rincon Vineyard fruit, 15% Rosemary’s Vineyard fruit
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