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2011 Talley Vineyards Estate Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Arroyo Grande Valley
Vineyard Designation
Rincon & Rosemary Vineyards
Harvest Date
September 12-October 20, 2011
Aging
9 months
Fermentation
23% new French oak barrels
Bottling Date
August, 2012
Stephen Tanzer's
92
Wine Advocate
89

2011 Talley Vineyards Estate Chardonnay

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.
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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.

Wine Profile
Ratings
92 Points. Vinous, by Antonio Galloni, July 31, 2013. The 2011 Chardonnay Estate, from Briam Talley's estate's vineyards in Arroyo Grande, is supported by gorgeous veins of graphite, crushed rocks and minerals. An intriguing wine, the 2011 stands out for its mineral-drenched energy and length, while more typical varietal fruit notes lie in the background. Layers of fruit continue to build as the broad shoulders fill out in a Chardonnay endowed with tons of personality and pure class. Best of all, the 2011 Chardonnay Estate is a fabulous value.

92 Points. Steven Tanzer's International Wine Cellar. (75% of this fruit is from the Rincon vineyard and the rest from the Rosemary's vineyard; 23% new oak): Pale gold. Fresh pear and lemon curd aromas are complemented by notes of chalky minerals and gingery spices. Fresh and focused on the palate, with very good lift and cut to its zesty citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Spreads out nicely on the finish, repeating the pear note and showing very good vivacity and persistence.
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
75% Rincon Vineyard, 25% Rosemary’s Vineyard
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