The Talley family has been an agricultural presence on California's South Central Coast since Oliver Talley started growing vegetables in 1948. This deep, 60-plus-year connection to the land guides the Talleys' current caution when it comes to winegrowing: sustainability comes first. Knowing what we know about wine; we can't help but appreciate this. There's no subsitute for growers who know how to make best use of their land, without having to resort to complicated (and destabilizing) practices. So the Talleys rely on integrated pest management and composting, rather than synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
With fruit from two of the family's two hillside vineyards in the Arroyo Valley, this 2007 Pinot Noir captures their commitment to traditional Burgundian methods in both the vineyard and the cellar. While the 2007 harvest was unusually small, owing to an exceptionally cold winter that prolonged dormancy, the quality of the fruit was excellent, with intense, concentrated flavors.
Bright red in color, the wine shows focused aromas of red fruits, with notes of nutmeg and anise. On the palate, the wine is plush and rich, with flavors of wild strawberries and red currants, along with a touch of welcome minerality.
Serve this wine with grilled pork chops in a red wine and rosemary sauce.