At WineHeist we love Pinot Noir, and we taste a fair amount of it, but unfortunately it seems like we haven’t been able to offer too many of them, for the simple reason that finding Pinot that represents a good value can be so difficult. Pinot is a fickle grape, and when it is over-cropped or grown in areas that are too warm, it tends to lose everything that makes it distinctive. All of this is a roundabout way of saying how excited we were when we tasted the 2007 Estate Pinot Noir from Talley Vineyards. You simply don’t come across Pinot of this quality and character for under $30, and we are thrilled to be able to bring it to you.
The Talley estate vineyards are located in the Arroyo Grande Valley, just North of Santa Barbara, and heavily influenced by the Pacific Ocean at the mouth of the valley. This ocean influence results in a long, slow growing season, allowing for depth of flavor without over-ripeness or loss of natural acidity. The result is wines that are intense, focused, and—most importantly—balanced.
Ruby red in color, the 2007 Talley Pinot has a nose loaded with strawberry, blueberry, rhubarb, cranberry, and brown sugar. The palate is equally vibrant, with maraschino cherry, raspberry, toasted wood, licorice, and floral notes of rose and lavender. Wonderful acidity provides structure that carries these fresh fruit flavors on to the long, satisfying finish. It would be perfect with grilled chicken and vegetables. This has incredible depth and complexity for this price range, and is extremely versatile. You do not want to miss out on the chance to stock up on a Pinot like this; it has the character of Pinots that routinely sell for over $50.
For three generations the Talley family has farmed in the Arroyo Grande Valley, located just south of San Luis Obispo in the heart of California’s South Central Coast wine region. Beginning with our first plantings in 1982 and continuing today, complete control over all phases of winegrowing is the guiding principle: from the planting of vines ideally suited to each vineyard site, to viticulture and winemaking that emphasize long term sustainability, low yields and minimal processing, to the gentle bottling of the finished wine. All wines produced under the Talley Vineyards label are grown, produced and bottled by the Talley family.
Talley Vineyards is located in the Arroyo Grande Valley, on California's South Central Coast, eight miles east of the Pacific Ocean. The Arroyo Grande Valley is in southern San Luis Obispo County just south of the Edna Valley and north of Santa Barbara County. It is a federally approved American Viticultural Area in recognition of the valley's distinctive climate and soil characteristics. The Arroyo Grande Valley runs northeast-southwest and opens directly to the Pacific Ocean, making it one of the coolest and most temperate viticultural areas in California. These ideal conditions result in a long and mild growing season, with bud break typically occurring in mid-February, flowering in early May and harvest in late September.
Learn more at www.talleyvineyards.com.