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2016 Rosemary’s Vineyard Chardonnay

2016 Rosemary’s Vineyard Chardonnay Image

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and surrounding Rosemary Talley’s home, Rosemary’s Vineyard is the coolest site at Talley Vineyards, has distinctive chalky shale soils and produces chardonnay marked by refreshing acidity.  It produces our most ageworthy and highly regarded wines.

Golden yellow in appearance, the 2016 vintage of Rosemary’s Chardonnay offers aromas of peach skin, lychee fruit, orange blossom, and a hint of toast.  On the palate, notes of green apple and mandarin rind are bolstered by exceptional acid and luscious salinity.  Enjoy this refreshing Chardonnay with fresh scallops and avocado or caprese risotto.  

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Wine Specs
Arroyo Grande Valley
Vineyard Designation
Rosemary's Vineyard
Harvest Date
August 17 - 28, 2015, hand-harvested
sur lie 15 months in French oak barrels, 20% new
Naturally barrel fermented with native yeast
Bottling Date
February, 2018
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Vineyard Notes
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.
Customer Reviews
Wayne Hansen's Gravatar
Wayne Hansen
(Sep 3, 2018 at 6:22 PM)
Pale lemon yellow color. This is not as rich as the Rincon and is slightly more racy in style; richness and complexity come through as the wine airs in the glass. This shows a more mineral component to the racy, lemony fruit and is not marred by the intrusion of apparent oak (though this had 15% new oak). This is excellent with a citrus pith aftertaste complicated by complex fruit and minerals that are balanced and finishes with mouthwatering acidity. Delicious now but will benefit from 3 years or more of bottle age. This was my favorite wine of the range!

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