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Talley Vineyards

Brian Talley, Vintner
April 8, 2016 | Brian Talley, Vintner

Single Vineyard Chardonnays from 1994 to 2014

While this year marks the 30th Anniversary of Talley Vineyards’ first vintage back in 1986, it also marks our 20th Anniversary bottling of our Single Vineyard Selection Chardonnays, which we first produced in 1994.  They are now among the oldest continuously bottled estate grown vineyard designated chardonnays produced in California.  The imminent release of the 2014 wines makes me recall a few highlights that have occurred along the way:

  • The 2002 Rosemary’s Vineyard Chardonnay was recognized at the Judgment of Paris 30th Anniversary Celebration as the best California chardonnay of the tasting.  Just being selected for this tasting was a feat in itself as only a handful of wines were chosen.  We were the only producer from San Luis Obispo or Santa Barbara County.  It was a very special feeling for Johnine and me to receive this honor in the Napa Valley, where the announcement was made.
  • Since 2002, six vintages of Rosemary’s Vineyard Chardonnay have received scores of 95 points or higher from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, making them among the most highly regarded and consistent California chardonnays ever produced.

These wines obviously have great pedigree.  So what should you expect from 2014?  First of all, there are a total of four wines in the lineup, as we’ve added the distinctive Monte Sereno bottling (available only direct from the winery) to the traditional mix of Oliver’s Vineyard, Rincon Vineyard, and Rosemary’s Vineyard.  These chardonnays continue our progression toward an ever more focused and elegant style, with descriptors like “lemon curd, bright, energy, meyer lemon and mouthwatering” popping up in the tasting notes.  For complete notes on the wines, go to our website's Our Wines page.

Given the balance, persistence and acidity levels of these wines I expect them to age gracefully over the next decade.  For an example of how these are likely to develop, I encourage you to visit the tasting room where we have just released library selections of 2006 and 2007 Oliver’s Vineyard as well as the 2006 Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay.  All are drinking nicely, but the 2006s are exceptional right now.  But you don’t have to wait 10 years to enjoy our new releases--they are perfect now with grilled halibut, seafood paella, roasted chicken or your favorite triple crème cheese.  Cheers!  BT


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