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2017 Stone Corral Vineyard Pinot Noir Magnum
The Stone Corral Vineyard is a 28 acre site located in the south western part of the Edna Valley, just four miles from the ocean, that was planted entirely to pinot noir in 2001. The sandy clay loam soils of the vineyard produce elegant wines with plush texture and dark color. The vineyard is unique in that it is shared with the Kynsi Winery and Stephen Ross Wine Cellars and so that in each vintage, three distinct bottlings are produced.
Stone Corral Vineyard
August 29 – September 7, 2017, hand-harvested
17 months in French oak barrels, 30% new, bottled without filtration
Native yeast in 1.5 ton fermenters
April 4, 2019
Aromas of Leather, Mulberry, violets, waxy and asphalt with flavors of Blueberry, plum and purple Thai basil 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.