Talley Vineyards Estate Bottled Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir 2014

$34.99

92 Points - great buy                                                                                                                                      One of the Central Coast's finest producers of Pinot Noir. 92 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous):  "Brilliant ruby-red. Highly fragrant, spice-accented aromas of red and dark berry preserves and floral pastilles; a hint of vanilla emerges with air. Expansive raspberry and cherry-cola flavors are energized and lifted by juicy acidity and a late jolt of white pepper. Packs a solid punch but comes off lithe, finishing with excellent focus, well-knit tannins and strong persistence." Robert Parker writes: "The one superstar for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Edna Valley is Talley Vineyards. Interestingly, they make most of their money growing vegetables rather than grapes. Yet Brian Talley and his team continue to turn out extremely elegant, European styled wines from this micro-climate at the southern end of the Edna Valley, not far from Arroyo Seco." The 2014 vintage of Talley's Estate Pinot Noir is bright crimson in appearance and expressive of the distinctive character of the Arroyo Grande Valley which produces well structured pinot noir. Mineral notes in the aroma are complemented by hints of cranberry chutney and a faint trace of cigar box. On the palate, this elegant and well balanced pinot noir displays notes of bright raspberry and a touch of black pepper. With refreshing acidity and great structure, this wine is ready to enjoy now but will age gracefully over the next decade.

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Ratings on Delectable

Bryant Bickel Delectable Pro

Great balance

Great balance

8.9

Eric Johnson Delectable Pro

Future wine.

Future wine.

Edward Tisdale

Great right out of the bottle; no need to let it sit.

Great right out of the bottle; no need to let it sit.

9.7

Zach Jindra

Cinnamon graham cracker, cremey frosting (oak, but not overdone). Black cherry. Super ripe and juicy strawberry, stewed blackberry. Great structure. Fading, enduring notes of dried black fruits. Pretty great central coast pinot.

Cinnamon graham cracker, cremey frosting (oak, but not overdone). Black cherry. Super ripe and juicy strawberry, stewed blackberry. Great structure. Fading, enduring notes of dried black fruits. Pretty great central coast pinot.

9.0

Andrew Steffensmeier Delectable Pro

Drank nicely and food friendly.

Drank nicely and food friendly.

8.8

Annie Hu

Less bright than the Talley Arroyo Grande but more complex.

Less bright than the Talley Arroyo Grande but more complex.

8.8

Kevin Finch

Ruby red color. Highly fragrant, spiced-accented aromas of red and dark berry preserves. Great tannins.

Ruby red color. Highly fragrant, spiced-accented aromas of red and dark berry preserves. Great tannins.

9.1

Gene Buonviri

Dark red, blackberry & spice with a hint of pepper. A balanced bite. Smooth and persuasive.

Dark red, blackberry & spice with a hint of pepper. A balanced bite. Smooth and persuasive.

9.2

Santo Ricceri

Mouth full of AG dirt and black cherries. Tastes better than it sounds. Katie says she likes eating dirt.

Mouth full of AG dirt and black cherries. Tastes better than it sounds. Katie says she likes eating dirt.

9.1

Graham Dresden

Spiced fruit, Bing cherries, hint of lemon on finish. Very tasty.

Spiced fruit, Bing cherries, hint of lemon on finish. Very tasty.

9.0

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