2015 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo Pinot Noir SKU #1319192


VN 91 RP 90
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Josh Raynolds writing for Vinous that, "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." (09/2016)

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  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    Consistently one of my favorite Californian Pinot Noirs at this price! Bishop's Peak is made by Talley Winery, and the fruit comes from a vineyard neighboring the Talley estate. The quality of the wine-making is excellent, and like all the Talley wines, showcases a style whose middle name is balance. The Bishop's Peak Pinot is full of bright, red fruits such as cranberry and raspberry, with an elegant hint of clove spice, and a soft, fine tannin. On the palate the wine is medium to lighter bodied, but with ripe berry fruit following through to the finish.
  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    K&L Staff Member
    This little beauty is a side project of Talley vineyards, so you get that Talley quality at a great price! Bright, almost sour, nose of red fruits and baking spices. On the palate, dark strawberry and raspberry fruit with an overlay of spice and cinnamon. A nice, lingering finish that is bright with acidity. Pretty and pretty affordable!
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    Could be the best domestic Pinot for around $25 in the store. This wine has purity, complexity, balance and drive. It is simply great Pinot Noir.
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    From the good folks at Talley Vineyards in Arroyo Grande, the fruit for this wine comes from a vineyard adjacent to the estate. Always one of the better Pinot Noir values under $20, this 2015 vintage is truly outstanding! Lightly floral on the nose with intriguing spice notes. Bright and lively and very fresh on first impression, turning sweeter and gaining weight in the mouth, and finishing very fine. Loads of ripe, red and black fruits with notes of Bing cherry. This is one hell of a sexy Pinot Noir, and a terrific effort from Talley.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose of this wine is so complex, clove, Darjeeling tea, sandalwood and blackberry I had to go back and look at the price of this wine, really? $17.99? Holy Cow, you don’t get this in that price point. The palate has a supple richness to it that makes it so easy to drink, there on the palate the spice and blackberry come back but they aren’t candied sweet, they are fresh and faceted. The finish is superb, the richness is balanced by a lifting in the finish that cleans and focuses your palate. Really an outstanding wine at the price point.
    Drink from 2017 to 2020
  • Anthony Russo
    By: Anthony Russo
    K&L Staff Member
    An easy going pinot for any time of day; this San Luis Obispo pinot is fairly light in color and has a clean, fruity aroma. Much more depth on the palate, however, where a juicier mouth feel and mineral aftertaste present themselves. A sub-$20 California pinot you can be confident about.


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