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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Reminds me of a summer day in the Haute Loire!
I love this wine! It is a really well balanced chardonnay, with some butteriness but other complex flavors, yet gentle on the palate. Perfect for my taste.
Very nice with Mediterranean chicken, especially on the second day.
This wine was decidedly lemony in character, but very drinkable
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Very smooth and enjoyable Chardonnay.
Would buy again.
The long and short of it...85 points
The short: Powerful green apple aromas and a tart tangerine/lemon finish...which overcome the hints of any other terms you wish to use...which lends itself to a slightly off-balanced wine for me.
The long: Sometimes past performance does not predict future behavior...this 2012 Estate Chardonnay is a 4 vineyard mix unlike the past 2 years which were solely 2 vineyards (Rincon and Rosemary). The 2012 was also aged 1 month longer, sur lie, than the previous 2 years and the new French barrel percentage went down to 15% (compared to 23% and 30% the last 2 years). All above info comes from the fact sheets provided by Talley's website. As of this writing Talley does not have a professional critic's review posted for this vintage. I love "old world" wines and Talley's past excellent performance is well documented regarding their "new world" Chardonnay, sadly for me (since I bought a case) this wine falls short, perhaps due to the tweaking of ph/acidity balance this year?
85 points...using my star to point ratio scale as follows...5 = 100-96 points, 4 = 95-91, 3 = 90-86,
2 = 85-81 and 1 = 80 or less.
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