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2016 Bishop's Peak Pinot Noir
Produced entirely from Pinot Noir grapes grown in Coastal San Luis Obispo County, combining both purchased and estate grown fruit, this wine is bottled before the next harvest to preserve the charm and fresh red fruit flavors that distinguish the varietal.
Ruby in appearance, the 2016 vintage of Bishop’s Peak Pinot Noir offers aromas of cherry, black tea, and fresh strawberry. Enticing notes of pomegranate seed and crushed cranberry are complemented by soft violet undertones. With integrated tannins that lead to a beautiful finish, try pairing this Pinot Noir with spinach gnocchi or a fresh salmon salad.
San Luis Obispo County
McCullough, C-Bar, Topotero, Rincon and Stone Corral Vineyards
August 3 – September 14, 2016, hand-harvested
10 months in French oak barrels, 28% new
Native yeasts in open top fermenters
The 2016 growing season was one of the very best in the 30 year history of Talley Vineyards. After four years of severe drought, El Niño conditions brought the most rainfall to the region since 2011. After a cool and windy spring, temperatures throughout the season were moderate, especially during the critical summer months when veraison and ripening occurred. The absence of severe heat for any extended period during the harvest season meant that the grapes were harvested at a moderate pace at optimal ripeness. Yields in the vineyard were consistent with five year averages and the resulting wines reflect the concentration, balance and elegance that is the hallmark of the confluence of a perfect growing season and a wine growing approach committed to capturing all the potential of Coastal San Luis Obispo County.