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2008 Talley Vineyards Chardonnay Rincon Vineyard Arroyo Grande Valley
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About Talley Vineyards

Before the Talley family made wine, they grew peppers, avocados, zucchini and more. In fact, in the Arroyo Grande Valley, the Talley’s have more of a name for vegetable growing than winemaking. The balance, however, is swaying, if not shifting, as the family wine operation, started in 1982, has continued to pick up steam.

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2008 Talley Vineyards Chardonnay Rincon Vineyard Arroyo Grande Valley

Producer: Talley Vineyards
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chardonnay
Origin: California
Region: Central Coast
Appellation: Arroyo Grande Valley

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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2010

($42) Greenish gold. Sexy, aromatic nose offers orange, fresh pineapple, white flowers, smoke and spices. Dense and round but energetic, with ripe acids supporting the sweet citrus and tropical fruit, spice and floral flavors. In a distinctly gentle, ripe style for Talley and likely to give early pleasure. Brian Talley said that "this is the one for fans of rich, older school California chardonnay.

88 Points | Wine Spectator
91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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