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2009 Rosemary’s Vineyard Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Arroyo Grande Valley
Vineyard Designation
Rosemary's Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 8-30, 2009
16 months
30% new French oak barrels
Bottling Date
January, 2011
Wine Enthusiast
Robert Parker
Connoisseurs' Guide
Stephen Tanzer's

2009 Rosemary’s Vineyard Chardonnay

This chardonnay has brightly layered aromas of lemon zest and wet stone with subtle notes of white flowers.

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This chardonnay has brightly layered aromas of lemon zest and wet stone with subtle notes of white flowers. On the palate this wine is delicate with citrus and mineral flavors that lead into a clean finish. This chardonnay is a perfect complement to grilled mahi mahi or steamed lobster with chive butter.

Wine Profile
Steve Heimoff on Jun 10, 2011, Top 10 wines of the week.

92 Points. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Issue 196. The 2009 Chardonnay Rosemary's Vineyard flows across the palate with layers of vivid fruit, mint and rosemary. It is a beautiful, precise wine that impresses for its considerable elegance, finesse and multi-dimensional finish. This is a terrific effort from Brian Talley. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.

90 Points. Connoisseur's Guide, Aug 2011. We are fans this wine’s sense of solidity, and we like its firm balance. We enjoy its nervy young fruit, its deft use of complementary oak and its lightly minerally accents. We wish, how-ever, that it were a little more outgoing and a tad less stiff. We have no doubts that it will unfold nicely with age, yet there is no getting around the fact that it is still a bit stingy and will need to expand and soften if it is to match the convincing charms of its cellarmate above.

94 Points. Wine Enthusiast Online. 10/1/2011. A brilliant Chardonnay, bone dry and crisp in acidity. Almost lean in citrus and mineral flavors, but on further inspection shows complex layers of toast, honeysuckle, peach and stone, with a deft touch of new oak. Feels weighty and important, and finishes wonderfully dry. — S.H.

93 Points. Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar. Bright yellow-gold.  Intensely perfumed nose displays an array of fresh and dried orchard fruits, orange and white flowers.  A bracing mineral tone adds bite to the sappy orchard fruit and peach pit flavors.  Gains a fleshy quality on the back, finishing with tangy orange zest and spice qualities.
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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