October 6- October 21, 2011
20% new French Oak barrels
2011 Talley Vineyards Edna Valley Chardonnay
Straw yellow in color, this chardonnay has fresh tropical aromas of pineapple, guava, honeysuckle and shaved coconut. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine has bright flavors of citrus, white flowers and light oak balanced with nice acidity and a long, graceful finish. This well-structured chardonnay pairs well with buttery sautéed scallops or creamy chicken 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.