A brilliant Chardonnay, the 2011 Chardonnay Rincon Vineyard is perfumed, complex and layered, with mint, citrus blossom and edgy minerality all emerging from the glass. Medium-bodied and seamless, with a rich, full mid-palate, perfect balance and building richness, it stays elegant and shows nothing but class. Enjoy it over the coming decade. Drink now-2023. These knockout efforts are made by Brian Talley and were some of the most impressive Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs I tasted during my more than two week trip through the central coast. In addition to their estate offerings, their Bishop’s Peak releases reviewed here come from purchased grapes throughout the central coast and offer good typicity and drinkability for not much buck.
A cool, implosive wine, the 2011 Rincon Vineyard will thrill readers who like vibrant, pointed Chardonnays. The 2011 is all about energy, poise and nuance, qualities it has in spades. The aromas and flavors are quite expressive, but ultimately, the Rincon is a wine of pure texture. Like all of the 2011s here, the Rincon really needs time in the glass to shine. This parcel is planted with own-rooted Wente clones. Drinking window: 2014 - 2019. I found much to admire in Brian Talley's 2011 Chardonnays and Pinots. The Chardonnays are all bright, pointed and intensely marked by the year, while the Pinots appear more defined by site. Either way, the wines are drop-dead gorgeous. Proprietor Brian Talley and his winemaker, Eric Johnson, describe 2011 as more consistent for Chardonnay than Pinot, which experienced a very poor set. Talley fans will also want to check out the entry-level Bishop's Peak wines, which are reviewed separately in this issue.
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