About Talley Rosemary’s Pinot Noir 2018:
Nestled within the rolling hills that surround Talley matriarch’s home, Rosemary’s Vineyard is a place of enchantment. Amongst the rows of meticulously tended Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines, there’s a sense restful sophistication that embodies terroir where Talley Pinot Noir comes to life.
The interplay of cool ocean breezes and warm, sun-kissed days bestows upon these vines a distinctive character, evoking a sense of grace and elegance that is echoed in the wine.
Rosemary’s Vineyard has distinctive chalky shale soils and produces Pinot Noir marked by refreshing acidity. This vineyard produces Talley Vineyards most age worthy and highly regarded wines.
Opens with aromas of blackberry, pencil shavings, granite and cranberry. Flavors of black cherry, sarsaparilla, bramble, lead and dried apricot unfold into a dark elegant finish on this complex beauty.
15 months in 35% New French Oak
Harvest Dates: August 30 – September 6, 2018, hand harvested
Climatically Talley’s 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.
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.