Talley Vineyards East Rincon Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
Vinous(aged in French oak barriques, 30 percent of them new, for 16 months) Lurid ruby-red. Deep-pitched black raspberry, cherry and spicecake aromas show excellent clarity and complementary suggestions of cola, mocha and woodsmoke. Sweet, seamless and penetrating, offering concentrated red and dark berry, floral pastille and cola flavors underscored by juicy acidity. Manages to be powerful as well as graceful, closing with superb energy and smooth tannins that build slowly and add framework to the densely packed fruit.
Wine EnthusiastThis bottling comes off a select corner of the Talley family ranch and is quite shy on the nose at first, reluctantly offering beet, cranberry, and cooked strawberry aromas, with the slightest touch of caramelization and loam. The flavors tend toward bramble, with wild thyme, white pepper and oregano, starting off simple but growing persistent and beautiful as the wine opens.
Wine SpectatorOn the edge between rich and trim, with dusty flavors of savory herb, crushed rock and dried berry. Leaves one hoping for a little more depth and complexity. Drink now through 2021. 221 cases made.