2015 Talley/K&L Wine Merchants Edna Valley Chardonnay (Previously $25) SKU #1290445


VN 92 JD 90
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K&L Notes

Last of Vintage! We couldn't be more excited to bring you another installment in what hopefully will turn out to be a long, fruitful project with wineries from around the United States, working with us directly to make exclusive bottlings for our customers. The Domestic team here at K&L has spent a great deal of time kicking around the idea of approaching wineries or winemakers we love, and asking them to work with us to create exclusive wines to our specifications. Furthermore we wanted to not only promote these outstanding wines, but the wineries behind them (rather than putting them in a private label with no winery attribution). We hope that you think that these wines offer a tremendous value and a slightly different expression of wineries that you are already familiar with. This year's bottling of Talley Chardonnay was put together with Talley's Winemaker Eric Johnson back in spring of 2016 from a 5 barrel selection of all Oliver's Vineyard fruit, one of their superb Estate Vineyards in Edna Valley. With 20% new oak, 40% 1-use barrels and 40% neutral oak and 100% malolactic fermentation-as is found in all Talley Chardonnays this is the best Talley/K&L Chardonnay we've put together to date. (Bryan Brick, K&L Domestic Wine Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    Fig, halved nectarines and subtle white pineapple aromas pop out of the glass bolstered friendly and alluring qualities of oak toast and whole cream. Fleshy and with good heft and smooth edges this may be more crowd pleasing than previous bottlings. We made a concerted effort to add richness and texture in this year’s bottling based on what the 15+ barrels we had to choose from were telling us. Still bright at the edges and with a savor/salinity that is rare for Chardonnay in this price point we this that not only is this a delicious wine but one of outstanding value and exclusivity.
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2015 Talley K&L Edna Valley Chardonnay is a stunner. Crafted from 1991 plantings at Oliver's Vineyard, known for its cool climate and sand dune soils, the wine reflects the terroir, with a rich palate and slightly briny and prominent minerality. Winemaker Eric Johnson offers us a classic California Chardonnay that is the best of all worlds: buttery and richly fruited, but cut with razor-sharp acidity that keeps the flavors dancing long after the last sip.
  • Mari Keilman
    By: Mari Keilman
    K&L Staff Member
    Balance was the utmost goal that we (meaning Brick) strive for, and this Chardonnay knocks it out of the ballpark again. From notes of fresh tropical fruit and lemon curd to white flowers and brioche, to an integrated toasty, creme brulée finish (that also happens to be supported by a surprisingly bright acid structure), this Edna Valley Chardonnay is one of the best Chardonnays to come out of the SoCal region!
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    What I like about this Chardonnay is that if offers nice California richness but is balanced and not dominated by oak flavors. It is fruity and creamy, and most importantly, easy to enjoy. Try it alone or with chicken and vegetarian cuisine.
  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    Another fantastic vintage of Talley/K&L Chardonnay! Perhaps a little leaner than the last vintage, with very focussed and fresh acidity, the wine still has that creamy, soft fruit that marks the refined Talley style. The blend this year includes one barrel aged in new French oak, to add a nice element of spice and toast, but as a whole the wine remains clean an light in feel.
  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    K&L Staff Member
    This neutral/new barrel oaked release from Talley has tropical yellow fruits (pineapple dominates) with a little bit of mango and lemon peel. Pair this with the overall creamy texture and you have a winner. A very nice balance of citrus and oak kick in on the finish. The oak is very balanced and adds to, rather than takes away form, the very pretty character of this release. Super versatile by itself or with food.
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    Talley and K&L are back together again with this delicious Edna Valley Chardonnay! With high quality fruit from one of Talley's estate vineyards, this creamy, buttery, full bodied Chardonnay comes to be a great value that is exclusively sold here. California Chardonnay lovers won't be disappointed with this one!
  • Anthony Gittings
    By: Anthony Gittings
    K&L Staff Member
    This has value written all over it! Lemon and honey notes are accented with savory herbs. A beautiful walnut skin creaminess helps round out and elevate this wine giving it a full mouthfeel. On the finish, the balanced juicy acid leaves your palate wanting more. This would be great with roasted chicken and creammy cheeses.


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