Chardonnay is the signature white wine of Talley Vineyards and represents a pure expression of the calcareous soils and cool maritime climate of the Arroyo Grande Valley produced in a classic old world style, incorporating barrel fermentation and aging. This bottling dates to the inaugural vintage of 1986 and was the first Chardonnay produced in the Arroyo Grande Valley.
The 2016 Talley Estate Chardonnay offers aromas of freshly churned butter with a hint of rose petal. On the palate, notes of honey-roasted peanuts lead to a rich and toasty finish. Enjoy this Chardonnay with pad thai or chicken piccata in a caper and butter sauce.
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Arroyo Grande Valley AVA
Aging: 13 months sur lie in French oak barrels, 14% new
92 Points - Vinous
"(14% new French oak) Light bright yellow. Pungent, mineral- and spice-tinged citrus and pit fruit aromas show excellent clarity and a sexy floral overtone. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering vibrant Meyer lemon, pear and honeysuckle flavors and a sneaky touch of fennel. Finishes tangy and long, showing excellent clarity and a recurring mineral note." -JR, Jan/2019
91 Points - Wine Spectator
"Juicy and unctuous, with spicy notes enhancing the Fuji apple and Meyer lemon flavors. Light buttery details fill the minerally finish, showing a flourish of richness. Drink now through 2023. 6,749 cases made." -KM, 3/31/19
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"This appellation blend is a very down-the-middle style of classic California Chardonnay, with ample amounts of oak, butter, baked lemon and ripe apple on the nose. The palate pairs golden apples with buttercream and a light brush of vanilla, with acid that powers deep into the finish." -MK, 12/31/18