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2016 East Rincon Vineyard Pinot Noir
The East Rincon Vineyard rises above the Talley Vineyards winery and is almost entirely planted to Chardonnay. The tiny sections of pinot noir planted in 1984 on calcareous clay and weathered sandstone produce some of the most refined wines in the Talley Vineyards portfolio.
Arroyo Grande Valley
East Rincon Vineyard
September 2, 2016, hand-harvested
18 months in French oak barrels, 20% new
Native yeast in 1.5 ton fermenters, including 20% whole clusters
The 2016 vintage of East Rincon Vineyard Pinot Noir is ruby in hue and offers aromas of fresh red cherry, violet, and dusted chocolate. Notes of cranberry, blueberry, and dried red pepper on the palate complement this well-structured Pinot Noir. Enjoy with Camembert cheese or paella.
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 the San Luis Obispo Coast region.