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Talley Vineyards

2014 Rincon Vineyard Pinot Noir

2014 Rincon Vineyard Pinot Noir

The Rincon Vineyard is the home vineyard where Don Talley planted the first vines of Talley Vineyards in 1982 and where the winery is located. Consisting of two hillsides rising from the floor of the Arroyo Grande Valley, the clay calcareous soils of the West Rincon Vineyard yield wines with distinctive mineral and iron notes. Light burgundy in appearance, the 2014 vintage of Rincon Vineyard Pinot Noir has an aroma radiating with delicate floral notes and a touch of warm oak. A sweet blackberry attack gives way to lush mid-palate concentration and a lingering finish. Try pairing this well-balanced pinot noir with sautéed mushrooms or Coq au Vin.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker, August 2016. Leading off the single vineyard releases, the 2014 Pinot Noir Rincon Vineyard is a killer effort that has plenty of intensity and depth in its black cherry, raspberry, crushed flowers and underbrush aromas and flavors. Very fresh, floral and vibrant, with bright acidity, it has solid concentration and will keep for a decade.

Vinous, September 2016.  Lurid ruby. Vibrant, mineral-laced red berry and floral pastille scents pick up hints of cola, vanilla and Asian spices with air. Juicy, focused and appealingly sweet, offering sappy raspberry and cherry-cola flavors, along with five-spice powder and rose nuances in the background. Closes impressively long and sweet, displaying resonating red fruit character and silky, harmonious tannins that sneak in late.

California Grapevine, Jaunary 2017. Medium-light to medium ruby; attractive, earthy, raspberry and black cherry fruit aroma with spicy notes and hints of clove and forest floor; medium-full body; deep, rich, herbal, spicy, red fruit flavors with bright acidity; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Still a bit tight, deserving a few more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended.

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Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande Valley
Vineyard Designation
Rincon Vineyard
Harvest Date
August 12 – September 19, 2014, hand-harvested
17 months in French oak barrels, 29% new
Native yeast in 1.5 ton fermenters, including 15% whole cluster
Bottling Date
January, 2016
Cases Bottled
Alcohol %
Robert Parker
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
The 2014 vintage marked the third year of the California drought. Warm and dry conditions resulted in the earliest harvest start date, August 1, in the history of Talley Vineyards. At 9 inches, total rainfall was less than 50% of the average for Coastal San Luis Obispo County. Ideal growing conditions during bloom time in the spring afforded excellent fruit set with very little mildew or botrytis pressure during the remainder of the season. The wines produced in 2014 share many of the characteristics that made the 2012 and 2013 vintages so appealing: charm, elegance and balance.
Customer Reviews
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Jim McKenney
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(Oct 12, 2016 at 5:11 PM)
Wonderful, very drinkable pinot noir. Smooth, vibrant, fresh, filled with red fruit on the palate and nose. bright color, perfect for pairing or for just enjoying a great glass of wine to end the work day.

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