2014 Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay
Produced entirely from own rooted chardonnay planted by Don Talley in 1984 at the top of the Eastern hillside of the Rincon Vineyard, a site marked by calcareous clay soils where vines struggle to produce small crops of intensely flavored grapes. The 2014 Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay offers delicate honeysuckle aromas infused with hints of wet stone. Meyer lemon and soft mineral notes are predominant on the palate leading to a chalky finish. This chardonnay pairs beautifully with grilled chicken seasoned with lemon and rosemary.
Vinous, September 2016. Very light gold. Smoke- and mineral-tinged orchard fruit, melon and fennel aromas show impressive clarity and pick up a sexy floral nuance with air. Chewy, energetic and pure, offering palate-staining pear nectar and honeysuckle flavors along with deeper suggestions of honey and vanilla. Reveals an exotic iodine quality on the incisive finish, which clings with outstanding tenacity and resonating florality.
Robert Parker, August 2016. Made in a prettier, tropical fruit and medium-bodied style, the 2014 Chardonnay Talley Vineyard Rincon (aged 15 months in 16% new French oak) offers lots of white flowers, citrus blossom, mint and salty minerality as well as medium-bodied richness and a pure, elegant style.