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2017 Oliver’s Vineyard Chardonnay
This chardonnay is produced entirely from the original section of Oliver’s Vineyard planted in 1991 and named for Talley Farms founder Oliver Talley; One of two vineyards owned by the Talley Family in the Edna Valley AVA, just four miles from the ocean, the sandy clay loam soil of the site produces balanced Chardonnay with pronounced saline notes in the aroma and flavor.
September 28, 2017, hand-harvested
sur lie 16 months in French oak barrels, 20% new
Native yeast Primary and Secondary Fermentation
Apple Blossom, Fruit nectar and lavender on the nose, with Orange peel, Beeswax, Kiwi and Praline on the palate.
In 2017, the five year drought officially ended when we received over 30 inches of rainfall in the Arroyo Grande Valley. Cool, wet conditions persisted into the spring which delayed growth and critical vineyard operations, including pruning, mowing, tillage and shoot thinning. Growth was vigorous, which resulted in very large vine canopies and the need for extensive leaf removal to reduce mildew and botrytis pressure, both of which are deleterious to quality. Yields in the vineyard were variable, with some blocks above average, but most below, leading to overall production that was slightly less than 2016, though better than the historic low of 2015. Due to uneven ripening, botrytis and an intense Labor Day heat wave, the wines of 2017 will reflect distinct complexity of aroma and flavor. Overall, it was a challenging season that will reward growers who worked hard to keep their fruit clean as well as winemakers who sorted extensively. Both techniques are standard practice at Talley Vineyards and we look forward to wines consistent with past vintages, though a bit more developed in their youth.