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2016 Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay
Produced entirely from own rooted chardonnay planted by Don Talley in 1984 at the top of the Eastern hillside of the Rincon Vineyard, the site is marked by calcareous clay soils where the vines struggle to produce small crops of intensely flavored grapes. It has been recognized by Wine Enthusiast Magazine as a Grand Cru of California.
Golden yellow in hue, the 2016 vintage of Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay offers aromas of grilled pineapple, cantaloupe, and a hint of crème brulee. The palate is rich and dense with ripe fruit notes up front and mineral characteristics that carry through the finish. Try pairing this Chardonnay with grilled chicken or salmon in a honey-soy glaze.
Arroyo Grande Valley
September 2 – October 1, 2016, hand-harvested
sur lie 15 months in French oak barrels, 21% new, 21% one-year old
Naturally barrel fermented with native yeast
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.