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2008 Talley Vineyards Chardonnay Estate 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 Estate Arroyo Grande Valley

Producer: Talley Vineyards
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chardonnay
Origin: California
Region: Central Coast

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

($26) Bright gold. At once richer and livelier than the Edna Valley bottling, displaying scents of pear, orange oil, buttered apple and smoky minerals. Sappy orchard and citrus fruit flavors provide very good palate coverage and are lifted by tangy acidity. The orange note comes back strongly on the finish, which leaves a dusty, stony quality behind.

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

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