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Talley Vineyards

2014 Stone Corral Vineyard Pinot Noir

2014 Stone Corral Vineyard Pinot Noir

The Stone Corral Vineyard is a 28 acre site located in the Edna Valley that was planted entirely to pinot noir in 2001. The sandy clay loam soils of the vineyard produce elegant wines with plush texture and dark color. Deep garnet in color, the 2014 vintage of Stone Corral Vineyard Pinot Noir exudes juicy black fruit aromas bolstered by an intriguing smoked meat characteristic. On the palate, hints of strawberry and sandalwood lead to stunning mid-palate concentration layered with supple tannin. Try pairing this pinot noir with grilled chicken and vegetable kabobs fresh off the grill.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker, August 2016. The Edna Valley release, the 2014 Pinot Noir Stone Corral is another polished, complex and seamless effort from winemaker Eric Johnson that offers classic notes of spice, forest floor, dried flowers and sweet red fruits. Aged 16 months in 27% new French oak, it's impeccably balanced, has a charming, forward character and will drink nicely for 5-6 years.

Vinous, September 2016. Vivid ruby-red. A complex, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red berries, cherry compote, candied flowers and Asian spices, and a mineral topnote gains power with air. Stains the palate with juicy raspberry and cherry-cola flavors that are enlivened by bright minerality and a suggestion of white pepper. Displays a very suave combination of depth and vivacity and finishes on a floral note, with excellent clarity, harmonious tannins and strong persistence. This is the most impressive rendition of this bottling that I've experienced.

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SKU: 14SCPN
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Edna Valley
Vineyard Designation
Stone Corral Vineyard
Harvest Date
August 30 – September 5, 2014, hand-harvested
Aging
17 months in French oak barrels, 27% new
Fermentation
Native yeast in 1.5 ton fermenters
Bottling Date
January, 2016
Cases Bottled
514
Alcohol %
14.5
Robert Parker
93
Vinous
93
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.
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