(aged in a 50/50 combination of French and American oak, 35 percent of it new) Inky ruby. Ripe cherry, dark berries and a hint of vanilla on the perfumed nose. Sweet, seamless dark fruit, mocha and spicecake flavors put on weight and gain energy with air. Rich yet lively; a peppery element adds cut to the long, focused finish, and fine-grained tannins add grip. Talley's side project, which is not exactly a second label as the wines may include fruit that is sourced from outside Arroyo Grande, is a consistently excellent source for elegant wines that deliver very serious bang for the buck. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, in particular, give a glimpse of this iconic Central Coast winery's style for a bargain-bin price, and they age nicely as well. (JR)
Incorporating 11% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot and tiny amounts of Malbec and Cabernet Franc, the 2014 Bishop's Peak Cabernet Sauvignon is medium-bodied, charming and easy drinking, with plenty of black cherry, spice and underbrush aromas and flavors. Drink it over the coming 2-4 years. (JD)
This bottling is bolstered by 11% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc. It shows intriguing sandalwood, cedar and macerated blackberry aromas on the nose. There's a touch of beef jerky and plenty of elderberry fruit to the sip as well as a cedary spice. (MK)
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