Deep glistening ruby-red. Vibrant, sharply focused aromas of cherry, potpourri and Asian spices are lifted by a smoky mineral flourish. Broad and concentrated on the palate, offering raspberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that show impressive energy and focus. Rich yet lively in character, finishing with strong, spicy drive and fine-grained tannins that come in late. 26% new French oak. Drinking window: 2023 - 2029
92pts Jeb Dunnuck
The appellation release, the 2017 Pinot Noir Estate is all estate fruit that spent 15 months in 35% new French oak. Beautiful notes of red currants, raspberries, spring flowers, and ground herbs notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, fresh, racy effort that has bright acidity, fine tannins, and a great finish. This vibrant, age-worthy effort will keep for over a decade.
91pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2017 Pinot Noir Estate was made with 10% whole cluster and aged 14 months in 30% new French oak. Pale to medium ruby, it gives up bright scents of cranberry jelly, raspberry and strawberry jam, black tea leaves and blood orange with a lovely floral streak plus accents of rhubarb, cinnamon stick and dried leaves. Light to medium-bodied, it’s broody in the mouth with a soft frame and bright freshness, finishing long.
90pts Wine Enthusiast
Soft but dense aromas of pomegranate meet with thyme and tarragon on the pleasant nose of this appellation blend. Tart cranberry and sour plum greet an array of herbs on the palate. MATT KETTMANN
The signature red wine of Talley Vineyards, the Estate Pinot Noir has been bottled since the inaugural 1986 vintage and represents a pure expression of the Arroyo Grande Valley appellation. Aromas of Cherry, pomegranate, sage and dusty roots with flavors of Raspberry rhubarb, cranberry, orange peel and nutmeg on the palate.