About 2017 Talley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir:
The signature red wine of Talley Vineyards, the Talley Estate Pinot Noir has been bottled since the inaugural 1986 vintage and represents a pure expression of the Arroyo Grande
appellation. It was the first Pinot Noir produced in Coastal San Luis Obispo County to demonstrate the potential of the area as a world class Pinot Noir wine growing region.
Aromas: Cherry, Pomegranate, Sage, Dusty Roots
Flavour profile: Raspberry, Rhubarb, Cranberry, Orange, Peel, Nutmeg
Finish: High tone softness
14 months French oak barrels. 30% new
Various soil types: most notably calcareous clays and shaly loam.
Location within California’s SLO Coast region imparts a beautiful mix of gentle sunshine and cool weather ideally suited for Pinot Noir.
About The Winery:
For four generations the Talley family has farmed on the San Luis Obispo Coast, a tradition that began in 1948 when Oliver Talley founded Talley Farms.
Wines Reflective of the San Luis Obispo Coast Talley family farmed estate vineyards harness the terroir of the SLO Coast, allowing our wines to express unique authenticity.
As the pioneering Pinot Noir producer in the Arroyo Grande Valley, they made their first wine in 1986 and planted our first vineyard in 1982. Inspired by Burgundy for its unwavering dedication to wine that perfectly expresses place and time. Their location within California’s SLO Coast region imparts a beautiful mix of gentle sunshine and cool weather ideally suited for Pinot Noir.
Talley Pinot Noir tends to be refreshing, energetic, and delicate rather than fruit-laden and oak-heavy. Their Pinot typically expresses aromas of forest floor and violet, cranberry and raspberry on the palate, and an elegant and silky texture.
Talley family source their Pinot Noir grapes from 3 of their vineyards: Rosemary’s Vineyard, Rincon Vineyard, and Stone Corral Vineyard.
Rosemary’s Vineyard: Climatically their coolest site, Rosemary’s Vineyard tends to produce berries with thicker skins than the other vineyards. The resulting wines have a darker appeal, with a surprisingly light and elegant flavor profile. And because of the unique combination of cool temperatures and shaly loam soil, Rosemary’s Pinot Noir has higher acidity that provides incredible length on the finish.
Rincon Vineyard: their home vineyard and planted by Don Talley in 1982, this is the vineyard you see when you visit their tasting room. With calcareous clay soils, warmer temperatures, and steep hillsides, the vines find just the right amount of struggle to produce Pinot Noir of supple character, subtly savory aromas, and delicious red fruit flavors.
Stone Corral Vineyard: Translated from Corral de Piedra, the name of the land grant that underlay this vineyard and much of the Edna Valley, Stone Corral Vineyard consistently produces crowd pleasing, delicious Pinot Noir. The combination of sand and loamy clay with moderate temperatures produces Pinot Noir with plum, raspberry, and blackberry flavor components.