Talley Vineyards East Rincon Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Talley Vineyards East Rincon Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014


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Unique in the East Rincon Vineyard, which is almost entirely planted to chardonnay, the tiny sections of pinot noir produce some of the most refined wines in the Talley Vineyards portfolio. These are the oldest vines we farm, dating to our original plantings in 1984. The 2014 vintage of East Rincon Vineyard Pinot Noir is light garnet in hue and offers aromas of wet cement and sour cherry layered with crisp mineral undertones. Flavors of dark cherry are enhanced by spicy and floral notes associated with whole-cluster fermentation. The finish is expansive, yet firm. Try it with baked goat cheese crostini or grilled steak.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Central Coast, Arroyo Grande
Brand Talley Vineyards
  • v94

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.

  • we92

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.

Matt Kettmann, April 1, 2017
  • ws87

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.

James Laube, 2017