Talley Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2020
|Region||California, Central Coast|
"Bright straw-yellow. Lively, mineral-tinged citrus and orchard fruits on the nose; jasmine and vanilla flourishes add complexity. Bright and nervy on the palate, offering spice laced pear, Meyer lemon and peach flavors and a hint of candied ginger. Turns deeper on the persistent finish, which repeats the mineral and pear notes and leaves a floral note behind." Josh Raynolds Vinous Media 92 points Drink 2023-31
Moving to the estate wines, the 2020 Chardonnay Estate comes from the Rincon, Rosemary's and Oliver's vineyards. It has a beautiful bouquet of tropical fruits, tart quince, toasted spices, and white flowers. This carries to a medium-bodied Chardonnay with good balance, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish. It spent 11 months in 25% new French oak and will drink well for 3-5 years or so.