Talley Rosemary’s Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009, Arroyo Grande Valley, Central Coast, California, USA
This wine has layered aromas of rose petals, black currant, and mushroom, with subtle hints of lavender. On the palate there are delicate flavors of black fruit and minerals. The texture is silky with a lean texture that finishes long with graceful tannins.
This wine pairs well with meat dishes such as rack of lamb and pan-seared duck breast.
93 points Connoisseurs Guide
Here is a wide-open, full-throttle Pinot that holds nothing back, but it is driven by very pure fruit rather than runaway ripeness. Its generous appointment of optimally ripened cherries is matched by a tantalizing complement of rich, crème-brulee-like oak, and the two work together effortlessly. If a bit of last-minute astringency warns against early drinking, all of the pieces are in place for risk-free aging, and a bright future awaits several years hence.
93 points Burghound
A very spicy nose of plum, dark Pinot and floral notes of violet and lavender is trimmed in barely discernible wood. There is outstanding concentration to the delicious yet quite serious medium weight plus flavors that deliver excellent complexity on the impressively persistent finish. There are touches of tang and warmth though I suspect that the former will round out quickly and the latter should not really be an issue provided that the appropriate serving temperature is maintained. Well worth considering.
RP91 – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The pale to medium ruby-garnet colored 2009 Pinot Noir Rosemary’s Vineyard gives up toast, woodsmoke, flint, dried red berries and black fruit hints with earthy/tertiary notes of mushroom, wet bark, forest floor and graphite. The medium-bodied palate is silky and fully mature but by no means dried up, with a grainy frame and just enough freshness on the long, earthy finish. This is holding well, but you might consider popping corks on this soon.
WS91 – Wine Spectator
Offers intense, vibrant, well-focused and elegant flavors, with loamy earth, crushed rock, dried berry and subtle floral scents, as flavors build on the finish. Best from 2013 through 2020. 376 cases made.