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.
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.