Pinot Noir is the signature red wine of Talley Vineyards and has been bottled since the inaugural 1986 vintage. Representing a pure expression of the Arroyo Grande Valley appellation, it was the first Pinot Noir produced in Coastal San Luis Obispo County to demonstrate the potential of the area as a world class Pinot Noir winegrowing region.
The 2016 vintage of the Talley Estate Pinot Noir is crimson purple in hue and expressive of the distinctive character of the Arroyo Grande Valley which produces structured Pinot Noir with strong mineral notes. Aromas of raspberry pie, cherry cola, and rhubarb are complemented by soft sandalwood undertones. The palate offers notes of juicy raspberry, plum, cranberry, and a hint of green tea. Enjoy this Pinot Noir with sweet and spicy duck or mushroom risotto with herbs.
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: Arroyo Grande Valley AVA
Aging: 18 months in French oak barrels, 28% new
92 Points - Vinous
"(15% new French oak) Lurid red. Spice-accented raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by hints of cola, candied rose and smoky mineral notes. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering lively red berry flavors and suggestions of floral pastilles and blood orange that emerge with aeration. Nicely concentrated but vibrant and precise in style, delivering solid closing thrust, while smooth tannins lend shape to the long, spice-accented finish. This wine is composed of 65% Rincon and 35% Rosemary's fruit and, like the Chardonnay, it's extremely impressive for what might be called an entry-level bottling." -JR, Jan/2019
91 Points - Wine Spectator
"Well-structured, with plenty of savory accents to the red currant, raspberry and dried cherry flavors. Touches of dried mint show midpalate, with a crunchy finish that features toasty notes. Drink now through 2023. 4,091 cases made." -KM, 4/30/19
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"Light in the glass and reserved on the nose, this appellation blend shows red fruit, red flowers and a touch of oak on the nose. The palate is easy to like with light raspberry and ripe cranberry flavors, leading into rose petals and lavender toward the finish." -MK, 4/19/19