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2009 Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Arroyo Grande Valley
Vineyard Designation
Rincon Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 14-30, 2009
16 months
30% new French oak barrels
Bottling Date
January, 2011
Wine Enthusiast
Robert Parker
Connoisseurs' Guide
Wine Buyer

2009 Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay

On the palate, this wine has a lean, silky texture with distinct flavors of citrus and mineral finishing long and dry with a bright acidity.
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This chardonnay has layered aromas of lemon curd, hazelnut and vanilla bean with light toasty notes. On the palate, this wine has a lean, silky texture with distinct flavors of citrus and mineral finishing long and dry with a bright acidity. The concentration of flavors in this wine lends itself to pair well with buttery seafood dishes like sautéed sea scallops.
Wine Profile
92 Points. Connoiseurs' Guide, Aug 2011. The annual task of tasting through the new Talley Chardonnays and choosing a favorite is an especially happy task, and the deep, exceptionally well-crafted Rincon grabs the sweepstakes in this outing. It is rich, well-fruited, a bit tight and slightly complex all at once, and, if its solid structure marks it as an ageworthy wine that can be comfortably cellared away, it will make memorable drinking even now.

91 Points. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Issue #196. The 2009 Chardonnay Rincon Vineyard is a gorgeous wine graced with layers of expressive tropical fruit, sweet spices and vanilla. All of the elements flow with notable harmony, building nicely to the polished finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.

92 Points.. Wine Enthusiast Online. 10/1/2011. With 30% new oak, the wood stands out, giving the wine vanilla and buttered toast notes. Crisp acidity kicks in right away, giving sour candy flavors of pineap-ples and lemons, while the underlying Arroyo Grande terroir gives this Chard a minerally tug. Dry and elegant, it’s a wine to drink now, with decanting. — S.H.

93 Points. Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar. Green-tinged gold.  An explosively perfumed nose delivers an array of citrus and orchard fruits and flowers, along with notes of ginger and nutmeg.  Juicy, penetrating and strikingly pure, with excellent focus to its Meyer lemon, pear and honeysuckle flavors.  The floral note clings on the finish, which is sappy, chewy and very long.
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 Arroyo Grande Valley was slightly larger than average and the quality of the fruit was exceptional with concentrated, intense flavors.
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