Translucent ruby in color, the 2013 vintage expresses classic characteristics of the Arroyo Grande Valley. The nose offers bright notes of red fruits like strawberry and raspberry, as well as hints of smoke and herbs. On the palate this medium-bodied wine yields notes of cranberry, Rainier cherry and damp soil with distinct mineral notes. With a soft, plush texture, the 2013 Estate Pinot Noir pairs beautifully with spiced duck or mushroom risotto.
As harvest 2015 gets underway, it's fun to reflect on just what kind of vintage we might have. These are my impressions so far: First, it will be the smallest harvest at Talley Vineyards since 2011. Four years of drought have taken their toll, and the vines have produced a smaller crop.
Second, we will likely be sorting more aggressively than we have in the past few years. We're seeing more "hens and chicks" (variably sized berries), which means that some of the tiny "shot" (unfertilized) berries will likely be raisins by the time the rest of the cluster is ripe, and those raisins will need to be sorted out to avoid over-ripe flavors. The July rains might cause some botrytis or other bunch rot that will need to be sorted out as well.
Finally, acidity appears to be holding nicely, which bodes well for the production of refreshing, energetic wines that are balanced, long lived and fun to drink. I can't wait! - BT
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All Talley Vineyards, Bishop’s Peak and Mano Tinta wines are handcrafted at the Talley Vineyards winery to reflect three generations of family farming history in San Luis Obispo County.
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