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2009 Oliver’s Vineyard Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Edna Valley
Vineyard Designation
Oliver's Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 29-October 1, 2009
16 months
30% new French oak barrels
Bottling Date
January, 2011
Wine Enthusiast
Robert Parker
Connoisseurs' Guide
Stephen Tanzer's

2009 Oliver’s Vineyard Chardonnay

On the palate this medium bodied wine is layered with flavors of citrus, green apple, and mineral leading into a long, slightly creamy finish.
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The 2009 Oliver’s Vineyard Chardonnay exhibits tropical aromas of fresh pineapple, toasted coconut, and lemon zest with light flinty notes. On the palate this medium bodied wine is layered with flavors of citrus, green apple, and mineral leading into a long, slightly creamy finish. This flavorful chardonnay is a perfect complement to mixed seafood dishes like paella or a grilled salmon fillet.
Wine Profile
89 Points. Connoisseurs' Guide, Aug 2011. Although again firmly balanced and showing very clear kinship with the rest of the Talley ef-forts, this one stands out by being a little rounder and more forthright in fruit with apples and honey and sweet oak sharing the billing. It crisps up at the finish and takes on a faint stony tang, and, if showing fine potential for a few years of improvement, it is an entirely likeable wine that will be useful early on.

89 Points. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Issue 196. The 2009 Chardonnay Oliver's Vineyard possesses excellent depth and nuance in its fruit, although it comes across as a touch heavy with less overall complexity next to the 2008 tasted alongside it. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.

93 Points. Wine Enthusiast Online. 10/1/2011. A gorgeous Chardonnay, so dry and crisp, it makes the mouth water, yet so rich it dazzles. Shows waves of tangerine, apricot and lime flavors, liberally oaked, ac-companied by vibrant acidity and the perfect touch of softening cream from lees aging. Drink now. — S.H.

92 Points. Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar. Bright gold.  Pungent, intensely perfumed aromas of honeydew, nectarine and orange pith, with suave floral and spice notes and a hint of white pepper.  Lush and sappy on entry, then more nervy in the mid-palate, with excellent focus to its citrus and pit fruit nectar flavors.  The floral quality comes back strongly on the finish, which hangs on with excellent tenacity.
Vineyard Notes
The 2009 year began with a cold winter which led to some frost damage. Bud break was very even and the remainder of the year was marked by mild temperatures and healthy, even vine growth. An intense heat wave occurred in early September causing many grapes to ripen simultaneously. The harvest in the Edna Valley was slightly larger than average and the quality of the fruit was exceptional with concentrated, intense flavors.
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