2009 Talley Vineyards Estate Chardonnay
The 2009 Estate Chardonnay has aromas of lemon verbena, mandarin, jasmine, and roasted almond. On the palate, this wine features layers of citrus, green apple, and minerals that lead into a refreshing and elegant finish. This well balanced chardonnay pairs nicely with sea scallops as well as grilled chicken.
88 Points. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, #196. The 2009 Chardonnay Estate comes across as quite delicate and feminine in this vintage. It shows good length if not quite the complexity of the best years and looks to be a relatively early drinker. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.
91 Points. Wine Enthusiast. 10/1/2011. Shows the complexity of Talley’s single vineyard Chards, with vibrant acidity ac-companying tangerine, orange, lime and mineral flavors, enhanced with sweet smoky oak. Brilliant acidity makes it compelling. — S.H.
91 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar. Bright yellow. Aromas of quince, yellow plum and fresh fig. The palate offers an array of orchard and pit fruit flavors lifted by a zesty note of bitter lemon zest. A spicy quality gains strength with air and carries through the taut, linear finish. This energetic wine has the depth to work with rich foods and the cut to accompany lighter fare.