Talley Vineyard, Pinot Noir 2009, Stone Corral Vineyard, Edna Valley, Central Coast, California, USA
Talley Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery that specializes in estate grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir ideally suited for the climate and soils of the Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys.
92 points Int’l Wine Cellar Saturated red. Deeper and darker in character than the foregoing wines, displaying scents and flavors of black raspberry, bitter cherry and violet. Then brighter on the back end, finishing with sweet red and dark berry qualities and intense spiciness. This should be really interesting with a few more years of bottle age. Knowing how well Talley’s pinots age, I wouldn’t hesitate to put this wine away for another ten years.
90 points Connoisseurs Guide From its intense, well-extracted aromas of black-cherries, sweet spice and cream to its very solid, keenly defined fruit flavors, this is a Pinot Noir that keys first and foremost on fruit. It is a touch simple when compared to its mates, with tannin and heat in the offering after a rounded start. It may not achieve a great deal of complexity over time, but it could still do with some polish and deserves a few years of cellaring.
90 points Wine Enthusiast Ripe, flashy raspberry and cherry jam fruit marks this young, elegant Pinot Noir. It feels fine and sensual in the mouth, with a silkiness brightened by Edna Valley acidity.