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Holiday Gift Guide | 2022

Give Thanks

Give thanks with these wines, curated to pair perfectly with your Thanksgiving meal. Talley wines are an excellent addition to any holiday table.

This 4-pack includes:

  • (2) 2020 Riesling 
  • (2) 2020 Rincon Pinot Noir
  • (1) Talley Corkscrew

$230

The Adobe Deconstructed

The best grapes of Rincon and Rosemary’s Vineyards are blended to create The Adobe. Explore each expression of the 2019 vintage.

This 3-pack includes:

  • The Adobe of 2019
  • 2019 Rincon Pinot Noir
  • 2019 Rosemary’s Pinot Noir
  • Talley Corkscrew

$350

White Christmas

For the loved one in your life that enjoys white wine all year round. These white wines explore a vast array of flavors while staying true to each variety.

This 3-pack includes:

  • 2020 Estate Chardonnay
  • 2020 Rincon Chardonnay 
  • 2021 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Talley Vineyards Corkscrew

$135

12 Days of Talley

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me….12 Days of Talley wine. Give the gift of Talley for a joyous holiday season.

This 12 pack includes:

  • ’21 Gruner Veltliner
  • ’21 Sauvignon Blanc
  • ’20 Grenache
  • ’20 Syrah
  • ’20 Estate Chardonnay 
  • ’20 Oliver’s Chardonnay
  • ’20 Rincon Chardonnay
  • ’20 Rosemary’s Chardonnay
  • ’20 Estate Pinot Noir 
  • ’20 Stone Corral Pinot Noir 
  • ’20 Rincon Pinot Noir 
  • ’20 Rosemary’s Pinot Noir 
  • Talley Corkscrew

$699

Explore Chardonnay

Explore Talley Chardonnays — A fresh take on California Chardonnay with citrus, stone fruit and vivacity shining through in aromas and flavors.

This 3-pack includes:

  • (1) 2020 Oliver’s Chardonnay
  • (1) 2020 Rincon Chardonnay
  • (1) 2020 Rosemary’s Chardonnay
  • (1) Talley Corkscrew

$180

Explore Pinot Noir

Burgundian style wines with California influence: approachable minerality, delicate fruit and refreshing energy.  

This 3-pack includes:

  • (1) 2020 Stone Corral Pinot Noir
  • (1) 2020 Rincon Pinot Noir
  • (1) 2020 Rosemary’s Pinot Noir
  • (1) Talley Corkscrew

$250

The Adobe Trio

The Adobe of 2019 is a complete expression of Talley Vineyards, blending the very best Pinot Noir grapes of our estate.

This 3-pack includes:

  • (3) The Adobe of 2019
  • (1) Talley Corkscrew

$450

Home for the Holidays

There’s no place like home for the holidays…and your favorite Talley wines around the dinner table.

This 3-pack includes:

  • 2020 Estate PInot Noir 
  • 2020 Rincon Pinot Noir 
  • 2020 Rosemary’s Pinot Noir 
  • Talley Corkscrew

$225

Talley Time

It’s party time, or what we like to call, Talley Time. Gather together your family and friends and celebrate with your favorite Talley wines.

This 6-pack includes:

  • (3) 2020 Estate Chardonnay
  • (3) 2020 Estate Pinot Noir
  • (1) Talley Corkscrew

$475

The Good Dishes

Set your table with Talley. When a special holiday meal has you dusting off “the good dishes,” make sure it’s paired with a special wine. 

This 2-pack includes:

  • (1) 2020 Rosemary’s Chardonnay 
  • (1) 2020 Rosemary’s Pinot Noir 
  • (1) Talley Corkscrew

$150

Frame of the First

Share this gift with anyone who has been in your life for many vintages, featuring wines from our Rincon Vineyard, home to our oldest plantings.

This 3-pack includes:

  • (1) 2020 Rincon Pinot Noir
  • (1) 2020 Rincon Chardonnay
  • (1) 2020 Riesling
  • (1) Talley Corkscrew

$175

Shipping Deadlines

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The Adobe Gala

Celebrate the legacy of Talley Vineyards at The Adobe Release Gala, an elegant evening where we uncork and enjoy the newest vintage of The Adobe, our reserve Pinot Noir.

Hosted on the newly transformed lawns of the Talley Estate, this release event is an opportunity to sample The Adobe of 2019 along with beautiful passed appetizers and interactive learning stations.

Date: Saturday, October 29

Time: 5:30pm – 8pm

Location: Talley Vineyards Estate

TICKETS:

Tickets to The Adobe Release Gala can be acquired in two ways.

  • Guests that purchase The Adobe Trio Presale Pairing will receive will receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the event and 3 bottles of The Adobe of 2019 ($450).

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Limited quantities available.

The Adobe Presale Pairing

The Adobe Gala
Single Ticket


ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

  • Limited quantities of tickets are available to this intimate event. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Sept. 20, 2022 and will be available until sold out.
  • The Adobe Trio of 2019 purchased during the presale window will be available for pick-up at The Adobe Gala. If not attending The Gala, Trios will ship or be available for pick-up at the tasting room on November 1, 2022.
  • Member discounts will apply to purchases of The Adobe Presale Pairing or Single Event Tickets. Please sign in to your member account at check out.
  • Addtional information and reminders will be sent via email after purchase.
  • For more information about the event or your purchase, contact our hospitality team at (805) 489-0446.

Fall Preview

Join us for an exclusive member tasting experience featuring wines included in the 2022 Fall Release. During this seated tasting members of our 12-and 6- bottle clubs will have the opportunity to taste and customize their fall shipment.

This seasonal member’s experience, from August 19 – September 11, includes a tasting flight and light bites.

Reservations are highly recommended. 21+


FAQs

How much is a tasting fee for the Fall Preview?

Fall Preview tastings are complimentary. As a benefit of membership, you may reserve tastings for a party of 4 to enjoy this experience.

Can I bring a guest to the Fall Preview?

Guests are welcome at the Fall Preview when accompanied by members. As a benefit of membership, you may reserve tastings for a party of 4 to enjoy this complimentary experience with you. Be sure to include all guests in your reservation so we can make sure everyone has a spot in the lounge.

Do I need a reservation for the Fall Preview?

Reservations are highly recommended for tastings in the Member’s Lounge as seating is limited. While we will do our best to accommodate walk-ins, on many days our member’s tastings are fully booked.

You can make a reservation online or by calling or emailing our concierge at (805) 489-0446, hospitality@talleyvineyards.com.

What are the dates and times available for the Fall Preview?

The Fall Preview is available for a limited time while the Fall Release customization window is open, August 19 – September 11. Fall Preview tastings are available daily during this time, beginning at 11AM, with the last tasting starting at 4PM.

I’m in the 4-bottle club, can I attend the Fall Preview?

The Fall Preview is limited to members of our customizable, 12- and 6-bottle clubs to assist in the selection of their release. Members of the 4-bottle club interested in attending the experience can upgrade their membership by contacting our Wine Club Manager, Mariah by calling or emailing (805) 489-0446 x20, mariah@talleyvineyards.com.

What’s a Pét-Nat?

Pét-Nat, short for pétillant-naturel (a French term meaning naturally sparkling) is a wine made using the ancestral method, bottled early without additional sugar or yeast. This method allows the magic (or primary fermentation) to happen in bottle, yielding carbon dioxide that gives the wine a sparkle or fizz.

Pét-Nats have taken the spotlight in recent years as natural wine has gained in popularity — some would say it’s what the “cool kids” are drinking. While we can’t argue with that, this method of making wine has been around since the 16th century, developed by French monks in Limoux, giving Pét-Nats a long history of enjoyment.

In general, these wines are funky, fun and fizzy, often described as rustic and lively by those with more classic tastes. Our 2021 Pét Nat, made of Grüner Veltliner, opens with aromas of pear and brie while hints of green apple, passion fruit and minerality-driven bubbles dance across the palate. 

This wine was hand-crafted by our winemaking team with a spirit of determined whimsy, honoring our sense of place. It is best enjoyed in the sunshine, on a beach with a group of your favorite people.

Cheers!


2021
Pét-Nat

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Discover a New Talley

A Homecoming Celebration

July 9-10, 2022

Join us for A Homecoming Celebration — a weekend filled with complimentary food and wine pairings, vineyard tours, music, family and fun.

This year brings a lot of excitement to Talley. Discover our new wines (donned with redesigned labels and our fresh brand), reimagined indoor and outdoor tasting areas, unique guest experiences, and more.

Date: Saturday, July 9 & Sunday, July 10

Time: Noon – 4pm

Location: Talley Vineyards | 3031 Lopez Drive, Arroyo Grande, CA

Tickets: Complimentary
Reserve tickets and let us know you’re coming.


Additional Homecoming Activities

A Chardonnay Brunch

Celebrate our homecoming with brunch at the vineyard. Dine in the barrel room, surrounded by our wines in the works while you enjoy a 5-course brunch featuring seasonal specialties from Executive Chef Nick Nolan of Trumpet Vine. 

Date: Sunday, July 10

Time: 11AM

Tickets: $125 Guests, $100 Members

Seating is limited. Reserve your spot today.


For more information about our Open House Weekend please call (805) 489-0446 or email info@talleyvineyards.com.

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Scallop Pomegranate Aguachile

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Scallop Pomegranate Aguachile

The Perfect Pairing: Talley Vineyards and Chef Claudia Sandoval

Talley Vineyards had the honor of pouring at this year’s 2022 Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival; a weekend filled with amazing wine, immaculate bites and warm desert winds.

When we were invited to be a part of the festival’s James Beard Luncheon, an event that would kick off the weekend featuring celebrity chefs and cooking demonstrations, we couldn’t resist. The luncheon included a 4-course meal, each course created by an award-winning celebrity chef.

photo credit: Tiffany L Clark for Palm Springs Life

Talley was paired with celebrity chef, Claudia Sandoval, winner of MasterChef (season 6) and host of the upcoming Food Network show Taste of the Border. Serving up her contagious laugh and fiery red hair, Chef Sandoval prepared a Scallop Pomegranate Aquachile (recipe below) paired with our Estate Chardonnay.

Scallop Pomegranate Aguachile

(Makes 4-6 portions) 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb. U12 scallops, sliced thinly in half or thirds
  • 1 cup cucumber, brunoised (skin in) 
  • 1/2 cup small red onion, brunoised
  • 1/4 cup fresh ginger, minced 
  • Kosher salt 

For aguachile sauce: 

  • 6 oz pomegranate juice
  • 1 whole jalapeño, stem removed 
  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed Persian lime juice 

To garnish: 

  • Marigold micro flowers or petals 
  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed Persian lime juice 

Directions: 

To prepare scallops:  

  • Slice scallops horizontally to create thin even slices – 5 pieces will be needed per dish. 
  • Spread evenly on a sheet pan and season lightly with kosher salt. 
  • Keep refrigerated and cold. 

To make aguachile sauce: 

  • In a blender, add pomegranate juice, whole jalapeño, and lime juice. 
  • Blend until smooth. 
  • Strain thru a fine mesh sieve. 
  • Season with salt. 

To make brunoise mix: 

  • In a bowl mix cucumber, red onion and ginger until well incorporated. 

To plate:

  • Place sliced scallops into a circle slightly. 
  • Add brunoise mix sparsely around the edges of the scallops. 
  • Garnish with flowers and cilantro. 
  • As a final touch, add aguachille juice to the bottom of the bowl evenly throughout plates, leaving scallops and brunoise floating atop the sauce.

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Pardon Our Dust

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Pardon Our Dust

Pardon our dust! We are full of anticipation (and a few nerves) as we prepare to break ground on a reimagined outdoor space in the main tasting room courtyard. Beginning February 21, our grounds will be under construction as we work to build some amazing new spaces for members and guests. We look forward to revealing the fruits of our labor early this summer.


Visiting the Vineyard

While the main courtyard is under construction our tasting room will remain open and all outdoor seated tastings and experiences will be hosted on the grounds surrounding the historic Rincon Adobe. If you have an existing appointment at the vineyard, we look forward to hosting you.

While our seating capacity may be reduced as we wait for the dust to settle, we welcome you to join us for a tasting during this time. Reservations are highly recommended and we thank you in advance for your patience.

As always our commitment to bringing world-class wines and unique tasting experiences to members and guests remains our highest priority.


About the Design

With the help of our friends at Purlieu Landscape Design + Build, we are creating a space that encompasses our commitment to sustainability and land stewardship while paying homage to the Talley family and cherished brand icons and stories.

The new design adds a simple variety of California native, water-wise plants to the grounds as well as shade-providing olive trees. You will find a centralized concierge station added to the entrance of the main courtyard to better assist our guests and members as they arrive at the vineyard.

The main courtyard redesign includes the addition of sustainable, California native plants.

A New Space for Members

The current open space in front our winery and production facility will be transformed into a wine-sipping oasis for members of our wine clubs. The space includes the addition of shade-providing pergolas and trees as well as a unique wind break wall overlooking the Rincon Vineyard.

The lounge will feature comfortable chairs and couches, perfect for spending an afternoon in the sunshine, sipping on Talley wines. We can’t wait to provide this exclusive space to our most dedicated customers early this summer.

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2022 Spring Release

Hope & Harmony

When the world slowed down in 2020 we took that time to reflect and embrace the sometimes tough concept of change. Like always, our goal was to make amazing wine that expresses our sense of place. In addition we worked behind the scenes to spruce things up and make something beautiful out of the uncertainty — it gave us hope. 

Now 2 years later, as we release the 2020 vintage, the fruits of our labor are ready to share. You may notice a new look to the wines included in your Spring Release as well as reinvented logos, reimagined spaces and tasting experiences added to our offerings. 

As we continue to work on some finishing touches, including a new outdoor member’s space for you all to enjoy, we want to thank you for your continued support of the vineyard. We are excited to share these wines and invite you to discover a new Talley.


Spring Release | Featured Wines

2020
Estate Chardonnay

2020
Oliver's Chardonnay

2020
Rosemary's Chardonnay

2020
Stone Corral Pinot Noir

2021
Grüner Veltliner

2020
Grenache


Upcoming Wine Club Exclusive

The Secret Spot Dinner

MAY 14, 2022

Mark your calendars for this new, member’s exclusive event. Join us for an unforgettable, long-table dining experience in a secret location. Tickets now available.


Important Dates

March 6Customization window opens (Savor & Discover)
March 6 –
April 3
Spring Release Experience (Savor & Discover)
April 3Customization window closes (Savor & Discover)
last day to edit credit card and shipping addresses (all)
April 6Credit cards charged
April 7Pick-up Members:
wines available for pick up
April 19Shipping Members:
wines shipped to home
May 8Pick-up Members:
last day to pick up wines
May 9Pick-up Members:
wines shipped to home
May 14The Secret Spot Dinner (purchase tickets)

Your Release

Savor (12)

2020 Estate Chardonnay

2020 Oliver’s Chardonnay

2020 Rosemary’s Chardonnay

2020 Stone Corral Pinot Noir

2019 Estate Pinot Noir

2020 Grenache

Discover (6)

2020 Estate Chardonnay

2020 Oliver’s Chardonnay

2020 Rosemary’s Chardonnay

2020 Stone Corral Pinot Noir

2019 Estate Pinot Noir

2020 Grenache

Explore (4)

Mixed:

2021 Gruner Veltliner

2020 Estate Chardonnay

2020 Stone Corral Pinot Noir

2020 Grenache

Red:

2020 Stone Corral Pinot Noir

2020 Grenache

2019 Syrah

White:

2021 Gruner Veltliner

2020 Sauvignon Blanc

2020 Oliver’s Chardonnay

The Secret Spot | Wine Club Dinner


Save the Date: May 14, 2022

Tickets Now Available


Location:

The 2022 Secret Spot Dinner will take place at the Point San Luis Lighthouse, overlooking Avila Beach and the Pacific Ocean. Talley Club Members will dine on coastal bluffs while sipping on our cool-climate wines and taking in the breathtaking views of the San Luis Obispo Coast.

Learn More…

Cuisine:

Executive Chef Heidi Hornikle of Flora & Fauna has created a menu that embraces the bounty of our sense of place. The farm and sea-to-table inspired evening begins with passed appetizers and charcuterie, paired with starter sips of Talley wines and lighthouse tours. The seated, six-course meal includes fresh and inspired local fare featuring the best of the Central Coast, created to compliment Talley Vineyards wines.

Salad 

Local Greens, Shaved Radish, Grapes, Almonds, Pickled Onions and Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing

Bread Basket

Grover Beach Sourdough & Compound Butter

Pan Roasted Bass

Bouillabaisse Broth, Fennel Fronds and Saffron Aioli

Grilled Flat Iron Steak

Red Wine Butter, Crispy Shallot and Confit Potatoes

Seasonal Vegetable Platter

Honey & Thyme Roasted Mokum Carrots, Charred Baby Broccoli with Lemon and Garlic Roasted Cauliflower, Cumin-Coriander Grilled Squash and Caramelized Onion and Toasted Mustard Seed Green Beans

Cavetelli Pasta Lemon

Thyme White Wine Cream, Shaved Asparagus, Sugar Snap Peas, Bloomsdale Spinach, Spring Garlic, Fresh Herbs and Parmesan

Dessert

Family Style Petit Bites: Blueberry & Lemon Verbena Bar, Valrhona Chocolate, Strawberry-Rhubarb Turnover

Details:

The Secret Spot Wine Club Dinner celebrates our sense of place with an unforgettable, long-table dining experience. Each year we will explore the beauty of the Central Coast by choosing a different and unique location featuring local fare and Talley wines.

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2022

Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Point San Luis Lighthouse

  • Parking and Shuttle information to follow in ticket confirmation and update emails.
  • Seating is limited and may sell out.
  • Each member may purchase a maximum of 4 tickets.
  • Guest are welcome when accompanied by members.

$225 each

Spring Release Experience

Join us for an exclusive member tasting experience featuring wines included in the 2022 Spring Release. During this seated tasting members of our 12-and 6- bottle clubs will have the opportunity to taste and customize their spring shipment.

This seasonal member’s experience, from March 9 – April 3, includes a tasting flight and light bites.

Reservations are highly recommended. 21+


FAQs

How much is a tasting fee for the Spring Release Experience?

Spring Release Experience tastings are complimentary. As part of your member’s benefits, you may reserve tastings for a party of 4 to enjoy this experience.

Can I bring a guest to the Spring Release Experience?

Guests are welcome at the Spring Release Experience when accompanied by members. As a benefit of membership you may reserve tastings for a party of 4 to enjoy this complimentary experience with you. Be sure to include all guests in your reservation so we can make sure everyone has a spot in the lounge.

Do I need a reservation for the Spring Release Experience?

Reservations are highly recommended for tastings in the indoor Member’s Lounge as seating is limited. While we will do our best to accommodate walk-ins, on many days our member’s tastings are fully booked.

You can make a reservation online or by calling or emailing our concierge at (805) 489-0446, hospitality@talleyvineyards.com.

What are the dates and times available for the Spring Release Experience?

The Spring Release Experience is available for a limited time while the Spring Release customization window is open, March 9 – April 3. Spring Release tastings are available daily during this time beginning at 11AM, with the last tasting starting at 3:30PM.

I’m in the 4-bottle club, can I attend the Spring Release Experience?

The Spring Release Experience is limited to members of our customizable, 12- and 6-bottle clubs to assist in the selection of their release. Members of the 4-bottle club interested in attending the experience can upgrade their membership by contacting our Wine Club Manager, Alisa by calling or emailing (805) 489-0446 x20, alisa@talleyvineyards.com.

Weekend of Savings

Talley Vineyards is excited to celebrate with a Weekend of Savings. We’ve opened up our library and added some extra savings to tasting packs of some of your favorite Talley wines. 11/24 – 11/29

2018 Rincon Duo

For a limited time, we are opening up the Talley Vineyards Library for this weekend of savings. This Rincon Duo is available in limited quantities.

  • 2018 Rincon Chardonnay
  • 2018 Rincon Pinot Noir
  • Talley Corkscrew

$145


Talley Favorites | 6-packs

Take advantage of these savings on the six-packs of Talley current releases.

2020 Rose of Pinot Noir

Our 2020 Pinot Noir Rosé is defined by its freshness and the cool climate of the San Luis Obispo Coast with notes of watermelon and white nectarine. Includes 6 bottles of 2020 Pinot Noir Rosé.

Regular Price: $204

Holiday Price | Guests: $195

Holiday Price | Members: $156

2019 Oliver’s Chardonnay

Named for Oliver Talley, the first of our four generations of farmers, this velvety wine hails from the Edna Valley, just four miles from the ocean. Includes 6 bottles of 2019 Oliver’s Chardonnay.

Regular Price: $330

Holiday Price | Guests: $310

Holiday Price | Members: $248

2019 Stone Corral Pinot Noir

Our Stone Corral Vineyard consistently produces a crowd-pleasing, delicious Pinot Noir. The suave and lengthy 2019 vintage offers notes of plum and cherry. Includes 6 bottles of 2019 Stone Corral Pinot Noir.

Regular Price: $480

Holiday Price | Guests: $450

Holiday Price | Members: $360

2019 Rosemary’s Chardonnay

Planted in 1987, Rosemary’s Vineyard is climatically our coolest estate vineyard and produces a nuanced Chardonnay with aromatic appeal. Includes 6 bottles of 2019 Rosemary’s Chardonnay.

Regular Price: $390

Holiday Price | Guests: $375

Holiday Price | Members: $300


Last Call

Stock your cellar with these Talley favorites before they are gone. Limited quantities available.

2017 Mano Tinta

All profits from the sale of this wine are donated to the Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers, a charitable endowment established by Brian and Johnine Talley to support the farmworker community in San Luis Obispo County.

This is our last vintage of Mano Tinta.

2017 Elevation

Non-vintage Bishop's Peak Elevation - png

This proprietary red wine blend incorporates the classic Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec in a proportion that varies depending on the vintage. 

This is our last vintage of Elevation.


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Holiday Gift Guide | 2021

Explore Pinot Noir

Burgundian style wines with California influence: approachable minerality, delicate fruit and refreshing energy. $245

Explore Chardonnay

Explore Talley Chardonnays — A fresh take on California Chardonnay with citrus, stone fruit and vivacity shining through in aromas and flavors. $175

Give Thanks

Give thanks with these wines, curated to pair perfectly with your Thanksgiving meal. Talley Vineyards wines are an excellent addition to any holiday table. $220

  • (2) 2020 Rosé of Pinot Noir
  • (2) 2020 Reisling
  • (2) 2019 Estate Pinot Noir
  • (1) Talley Corkscrew

12 Days of Talley

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….12 Days of Talley wine. Give the gift of Talley for a joyous holiday season. $692

  • (1) 2020 Rosé of Pinot Noir
  • (1) 2020 Grüner Veltliner
  • (1) 2020 Sauvignon Blanc
  • (1) 2019 Grenache
  • (1) 2019 Estate Chardonnay 
  • (1) 2019 Oliver’s Chardonnay
  • (1) 2019 Rincon Chardonnay
  • (1) 2019 Rosemary’s Chardonnay
  • (1) 2019 Estate Pinot Noir 
  • (1) 2019 Stone Corral Pinot Noir 
  • (1) 2019 Rincon Pinot Noir 
  • (1) 2019 Rosemary’s Pinot Noir 
  • (1) Talley Corkscrew

Bishop’s Peak Classic

Tis the season to drink and be merry with Bishop’s Peaks wines by Talley Vineyards. This survey is a great addition to any meal with family and friends. $116

  • (1) Bishop’s Peak Chardonnay
  • (1) Bishop’s Peak Pinot Noir
  • (1) Bishop’s Peak Elevation
  • (1) Bishop’s Peak Petite Sirah
  • (1) Talley Corkscrew

SOLD OUT

Quintessential Talley

This collection is the quintessential expression of Talley Vineyards, representing the cool climate and hillside topography of our home on the San Luis Obispo Coast. $160

  • (1) 2020 Rosé of Pinot Noir
  • (1) 2019 Estate Chardonnay
  • (1) 2019 Estate Pinot Noir
  • (1) 2019 Grenache
  • (1) Talley Corkscrew

The Gift of Talley

Give the gift of Talley this holiday season as you celebrate with food, wine and family. Enjoy 2 selections of Talley wine and Brian’s cookbook filled with family recipes. $136

The Adobe

The Adobe Trio offers three bottles of this reserve wine made from a blend of the very best Pinot Noir grapes on our estate. Experience this bottling throughout the years with a supply to drink now and cellar for later. $450

Farmer’s Choice

Farming is the foundation of the Talley Family legacy on the San Luis Obispo Coast. Explore these family favorites this holiday season. $162

  • (1) 2020 Sauvignon Blanc
  • (1) 2019 Estate Pinot Noir
  • (1) 2017 Mano Tinta
  • (1) 2019 Grenache
  • (1) Talley Vineyards Corkscrew

Talley Time

It’s party time, or what we like to call, Talley Time. Gather together your family and friends and celebrate with your favorite Talley wines. $152

  • (2) 2019 Estate Chardonnay
  • (2) 2019 Estate Pinot Noir
  • (1) Talley Corkscrew

Holiday Shipping Dates:

Thanksgiving:

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West CoastNov 19Nov 19Nov 22
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Wine & Spirits Top 100

Talley Vineyards named Top 100 Winery of 2021.

It’s time to celebrate…Talley Vineyards has been named one of the Top 100 wineries in the world by Wine & Spirits Magazine. Needless to say, we are thrilled.

Each year the panel and critics of Wine & Spirits blind-taste, review and score more than 15,000 wines from around the world, the most distinguished of which is shared with their readers. The Top 100 Wineries list for the year includes those that achieve the highest scores and consistency of performance across their range of wines for the year. 

The wines that helped us achieve this rare accolade include our soon-to-be-released, 95-point Pinot Noir, The Adobe of 2018 and our 2018 Rosemary’s Pinot Noir (currently sold out but v2019 is releasing in September).

The Adobe of 2018, San Luis Obispo Coast by Talley Vineyards.
The Adobe of 2018 – Releasing Nov. 1, 2021

Brian and Eric will join winemakers from some of the world’s greatest vineyards to serve up our top-scoring wines to connoisseurs and consumers at the 18th Top 100 Annual Tasting hosted in San Francisco on 14 October this year and later at a similar tasting, the Top 100 Symposium, held in New York in January 2022.

Let’s raise a glass!

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The Adobe Experience

The Experience

Sit down with Brian Talley and explore an exquisite lineup of Pinot Noir pulled from the Talley library featuring our reserve estate wine, The Adobe, and thoughtfully paired with a menu of small plates. Brian will get you acquainted with this newest addition to our lineup as he tells stories of our sense of place and winemaking traditions. 

Our farm-inspired menu was a collaboration with Chef Chris Shackelford of Trelio Food & Wine whose expertise in wine and passion for working with locally-sourced ingredients help tell the story of The Adobe and our sense of place.

This seasonal experience is open for limited reservations between Oct. 29 – Nov. 20, 2021.


The Wines

2016 Rincon Pinot Noir 

2017 Rincon Pinot Noir 

2018 Rincon Pinot Noir 

2016 Rosemary’s Pinot Noir 

2017 Rosemary’s Pinot Noir 

2018 Rosemary’s Pinot Noir 

The Adobe of 2018


The Menu

Roasted and Preserved Beets, Spiced Walnuts, Stracciatella, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Elderberry Vinegar, Toasted Seeds, Talley Farms Herbs

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Potato Gratin with Smoked Salmon, Chive Creme Fraiche, Caramelized Shallot Reduction

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Roasted Duroc Pork Porchetta, Crispy Parmesan Risotto, Wild Mushroom Ragout


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Tickets to The Adobe Experience can be acquired in two ways:

  1. Members and guests that purchase The Adobe Trio will receive 2 complimentary tickets to the experience. After your purchase is made, our hospitality team will reach out to schedule your reservation. Member discounts apply.

The Adobe Trio & Experience

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2) Additional or ala carte tickets for the experience can be purchased online or in our tasting room. After your purchase is made, our hospitality team will reach out to schedule your reservation. Member discounts apply.

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Note from the Winemaker

Spring Catalog


A new growing season is upon us and we look forward to the return of grapes on our vines, marigolds in the farm fields and you, sipping wines on the lawn.

We’ve curated these tasting packs in the spirit of Spring and a longing for warmer weather. From aromatic whites to cool-climate reds to a brunch lover’s delight — we can all enjoy Talley wines as we watch a new season unfold, and manifest marigolds.

Aromatic Whites

It doesn’t get better than enjoying a glass of crisp, aromatic white wine in the sunshine. Sip in the Spring with this tasting pack. $102

  • (1) 2019 Sauvignon Blanc
  • (1) 2019 Grüner Veltliner
  • (1) 2019 Riesling
  • (1) Marigold Starter Kit

Cool Climate Reds

Bring the feel of the San Luis Obispo Coast to your table with these cool-climate reds. This tasting pack will allow you to enjoy robust reds from our coastal vineyards. $152

  • (1) 2018 Estate Pinot Noir
  • (1) 2017 Syrah
  • (1) 2018 Grenache
  • (1) Marigold Starter Kit

SOLD OUT

Summer BBQ

Happy family eating and drinking red wine at dinner barbecue party outdoor - Mature and young people dining together on rooftop - Youth and elderly weekend lifestyle activities - Focus on wineglass

Celebrate the warmer weather with food, wine and backyard cookouts. Explore this tasting pack with wines that are perfect pairings with BBQ dishes. $178

  • (1) 2017 Syrah
  • (1) 2018 Grenache
  • (1) 2016 Bishop’s Peak Petite Sirah
  • (1) 2017 Mano Tinta
  • (1) Marigold Starter Kit

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Bottomless Brunch

Warmer weather reminds us of brunch on a sunny patio with bottomless drinks and a table full of friends. This tasting pack will take you there. $174

  • (3) 2020 Rosé
  • (3) 2019 Bishop’s Peak Chardonnay
  • (1) Marigold Starter Kit

Chardonnay Lover

Explore Talley Chardonnays — A fresh take on California Chardonnay with citrus, stone fruit and vivacity shining through in aromas and flavors. $194

  • (1) 2018 Estate Chardonnay
  • (1) 2018 Oliver’s Chardonnay
  • (1) 2018 Rincon Chardonnay
  • (1) 2018 Rosemary’s Chardonnay
  • (1) Marigold Starter Kit

SOLD OUT

Pinot Please

Survey our highly regarded Pinot Noirs. Burgundian style wines with California influence: approachable minerality, delicate fruit and refreshing energy. $272

  • (1) 2018 Estate Pinot Noir
  • (1) 2018 Stone Corral Pinot Noir
  • (1) 2018 Rincon Pinot Noir
  • (1) 2018 Rosemary’s Pinot Noir
  • (1) Marigold Starter Kit

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Rose | 6-pack

Our 2020 Pinot Noir Rosé is defined by its freshness and the cool climate of the San Luis Obispo Coast with notes of watermelon and white nectarine. $202

  • (6) 2020 Rosé
  • (1) Marigold Starter Kit

Syrah | 6-pack

This 6-pack captures the distinct characteristics reminiscent of the northern Rhône region of France: black color, smoky aromas and flavors of blackberry and tobacco. $300

  • (6) 2017 Syrah
  • (1) Marigold Starter Kit

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Grenache | 6-pack

This inaugural bottling of coastal Grenache is a single vineyard expression hailing from our Rincon Vineyard. This wine has rustic aromas of turned loam and hops, lifted by raspberry, chamomile and anise. $360

  • (6) 2018 Grenache
  • (1) Marigold Starter Kit

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Talley Family Cioppino

Cioppino with wine.

Cioppino is the classic fisherman’s stew that originated in San Francisco. It has a special place among Talley family traditions. It is a dish that regularly appears on the Talley dinner table, and each year this recipe is the star of the Pinot-Cioppino Dinner benefiting the Marianne Talley Foundation.

The seafood medley is paired with Talley Pinot Noir and guests enjoy the dish (along with Rosemary’s famous cheesecake) as money is raised to support students from Arroyo Grande High School and celebrate the memory of Brian’s sister, Marianne.

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups onions, chopped
  • 1 cup green onions, mostly white parts, chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb, chopped (optional)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 medium bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 (14-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (7.75-ounce) can El Pato Tomato Sauce (Mexican Hot Style); alternatively, add a small number of chili flakes or hot sauce to taste
  • 42 ounces canned diced tomatoes (a 28-ounce can plus a 14-ounce can)
  • 3 cups dry white wine
  • ½ cup minced fresh parsley, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • 1½ pounds firm white fish (halibut, sea bass, or cod)
  • 1½ pounds small clams
  • 1½ pounds shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1½ pounds mussels
  • 1½ pounds Dungeness crab, cooked, cleaned, and cracked (optional)

Directions:

About 1 hour before serving, prepare the sauce. Sauté garlic, onions, green onions, and fennel in olive oil until soft. Add bell pepper. Add tomato sauces, tomatoes, white wine, half the parsley, salt, pepper, oregano, and basil. Simmer together for 20 minutes. Correct seasoning. The sauce can be made ahead of time and reheated.


Fifteen minutes before serving, reheat the sauce. After it’s simmering, transfer about 2 cups of sauce to another pan with a lid. Poach the white fish in the covered pan until done, about 5 minutes or until flaking. This prevents the fish from falling apart in the final cioppino. (It also affords those with shellfish allergies the opportunity to enjoy the dish without any exposure to shellfish.)


Meanwhile, add clams, shrimp, mussels, and crab, if desired, to the first pot of sauce and cook until the shrimp is pink and the clams and mussels open, about 5 minutes. Serve in bowls by placing a piece of fish on the bottom, then ladling sauce on top, including an assortment of shellfish. Sprinkle with the remaining parsley. Serve with good sourdough or French bread for dipping in the sauce.

Wine pairing:

The Talley family loves Pinot Noir with cioppino, our 2018 Estate Pinot Noir is a medium-bodied wine with enough tannic structure and acidity to stand up to the spicy flavors.

If you don’t like red wine, try our 2018 Oliver’s Chardonnay or 2019 Riesling.

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Estate Pinot Noir

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Oliver's Chardonnay

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Riesling

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Dave Terry

Dave Terry, Vineyard Manager at Talley Vineyards.

Dave Terry became intrigued by wine and grapevines as a kid when he drove by a vineyard just outside of Santa Fe during annual trips between his family’s cattle ranch in Southeastern New Mexico and Colorado.  While he was in college at New Mexico State, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a Minor in Spanish, he took a wine appreciation class that spurred his interest in the wine industry.  Dave then attended Fresno State where he wrote his Master’s Thesis on mechanization and irrigation affects in vineyards, which was subsequently published in the American Journal of Enology and has been widely cited in other academic research.

While much of Dave’s work has been with larger vineyard operations, he appreciates the boots on the ground philosophy of farming at Talley Vineyards as well as the opportunity to apply what he’s learned to producing world class wine.  As he puts it, “I take a hands on approach to winegrowing while trying to sustain the land where the vineyard is planted.  It is my role to nurture the vine to capture its full potential.”

Dave is a member of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture and is on the Board of Directors of the Central Coast Vineyard Team, which supports sustainable vineyard practices in Central Coast vineyards.  He lives in San Luis Obispo where he enjoys stand up paddle boarding, golf and drinking great wine.

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson, winemaker at Talley Vineyards.

Eric Johnson grew up on a farm in Los Banos California where his family grew apricots and raised sheep and pigs.  While attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, he was introduced to wine by a roommate who came from a winegrowing family based in Sonoma County.  Eric became enamored of wine and winemaking and changed his major to Agricultural Business Management with a minor in Wine and Viticulture, just as this program was being established at Cal Poly.

Eric began his career in the wine industry at Bianchi Winery in Paso Robles.  He joined Talley Vineyards as a tasting room attendant in 2007 and served as a harvest intern that year.  He served in various roles, including Enolgist, before he became the Winemaker in 2010.  Eric sums up his winemaking philosophy as follows: “grow great grapes, nail the pick and get out of the way.  As the great Burgundian vigneron Frédéric Mugnier said when I visited him, ‘I always achieve more when I do less.’”

Eric is active in the wine industry and serves on the Board of Directors of the World of Pinot Noir.  He lives in San Luis Obispo with his wife Cait where enjoys cooking and drinking great wines from around the world.

Rosemary Talley

Rosemary Talley, founder of Talley Vineyards.

Rosemary was born and raised in Marysville California.  She attended UC Berkeley where she majored in Mathematics and met her future husband, Don Talley.  After graduation, she embarked on a teaching career which concluded at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1977, at which time she was asked by Don to join him at Talley Farms, the family’s vegetable farming company.  Over time, she created the sales and marketing program for Talley Farms, and came to be recognized as one of the few female leaders in the produce industry.

In 1986, she joined with Don to establish Talley Vineyards and produce the first Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Arroyo Grande Valley.  The following year, Don planted Pinot Noir in front of their home, marking the establishment of the vineyard that would come to bear her name, which is now regarded as one of the best sites for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in California.  Rosemary is active in the family businesses, where she serves as Corporate Secretary and does “everything that no one else wants to do.”

Rosemary loves cooking, gardening, wine and travel and is an avowed “cat person”.  She lives in the middle of Rosemary’s Vineyard with her cat Jasper.

Brian Talley

Brian Talley, Vintner and CEO of Talley Vineyards.

Brian Talley is a third generation farmer and second generation winegrower born and raised in Arroyo Grande.  While attending UC Berkeley, where he earned degrees in History and Natural Resource Economics, he worked in a wine shop called Curds and Whey where he fell in love with wine.

Brian began his career in the family business at age 12 when he started harvesting vegetables at Talley Farms.  He became General Manager of Talley Vineyards in 1991 and now serves as President of Talley Vineyards and Talley Farms.  Brian is recognized as a leader in the local wine industry and was cofounder of the World of Pinot Noir, has served as President of the San Luis Obispo Coast Wine Collective and been recognized by both Robert Parker and the local wine industry as a Wine Industry Person of the Year.  Most recently he was a leader in the effort to establish the recently approved San Luis Obispo Coast AVA and wrote a farm to table cookbook, Our California Table, Celebrating the Seasons with the Talley Family.

Brian loves cooking, wine and travel as well as hiking and golf.  He lives at the edge of Talley Farms with his wife Johnine.  Brian and Johnine have two adult daughters, Elizabeth and Olivia.

The Marianne Talley Foundation

The Marianne Talley Foundation:  celebrating Marianne’s life with community collaboration.

The Marianne Talley Foundation was established after my sister, Marianne, died suddenly of a heart arrythmia on May 18, 1993.  Marianne was an avid athlete who won several league titles in swimming, was a member of the USC swim team and completed the famed Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii the year before she passed away.  As my family considered the best way to honor her legacy, we made the decision to establish the non-profit Marianne Talley Foundation for the purpose of funding scholarships for female student athletes at Arroyo Grande High School. 

The first scholarship of $4000 ($1000 per year for 4 years) was granted to Amber Dodson in June 1994.  After the death of my grandfather in 1999, we decided to add the Oliver Talley Scholarship, this time for a male student athlete.  Around that time, The Marianne Talley and Oliver Talley Scholarships were increased to $6,000.  Finally, after my dad passed away in 2006, we added the Don Talley Leadership Scholarship, $10,000, to celebrate my father’s legacy of leadership.  Our annual giving for these scholarships totals $22,000 and we have granted a total of $358,500 to 64 worthy students since the inception of the foundation.

The initial seed money (more than $100,000) for the Marianne Talley Foundation came from the tremendous outpouring of our local community at the time of Marianne’s death.  Over the next few months, we were approached by two people who wanted to help support the Foundation as well as honor my sister’s memory.  Coach Roger Warnes of the SLO Roadrunners came to me with the idea of hosting a fun run at the winery and through the surrounding Rincon Vineyard.  I had long been an avid runner, so I welcomed this idea. The first ever Marianne Talley Memorial Fun Run occurred in 1994, with the special twist that anyone who “Beat the Vintner” (me) got a special commemorative t-shirt.  Over the years, we raised lots of money and I gave away lots of t-shirts.  In 2018, after the 25th Anniversary of the event, and the retirement of Race Director Marian Fiorentino, we made the difficult decision to discontinue the Marianne Talley Memorial Fun Run.

About the same time as Roger and I were organizing that first fun run, my father was approached by a longtime family friend, Tim Sugishita, about holding a cioppino dinner as a fundraiser.   This was the outgrowth of a casual cioppino dinner for a group of friends in Tim’s backyard that had occurred for several years.  The inaugural Pinot/Cioppino Dinner was held at Talley Vineyards sometime around 1994.  It now occurs annually on the third Saturday of February during the height of Dungeness Crab Season and is prepared entirely by a local crew of volunteers, who are longtime family friends and supporters of Arroyo Grande High School.  This has become a signature annual event at Talley Vineyards and features a vast array of large format and library selections of Pinot Noir, the perfect wine to pair with the complex, spicy flavors of cioppino.  The dinner is also the key fundraising event for the Marianne Talley Foundation.

The Marianne Talley Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 non profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  If you’d like to make a donation or learn more, please contact my mother, Rosemary rtalley@talleyfarms.com or me, btalley@talleyvineyards.com.

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Black Friday | Case Sale

It’s Black Friday at the Vineyard! Discover Black Friday-style savings on some of your favorite Talley Vineyards and Bishop’s Peaks wines, while quantities last. We will host a drive-thru case sale at The Wine Shack with 20%-60% off of select cases.

Date: Friday, November 27

Time: 11AM – 3PM

Where: Talley Vineyards Wine Shack (formerly the Farm Stand)

What: 20% – 60% off , Talley Vineyards and Bishop’s Peaks wines.

How it works:

  • Arrive at Talley Vineyards between 11am – 3pm 
  • Follow the sign to our Wine Shack (formerly Farm Stand) 
  • As you arrive, a Talley Staff will hand you a menu
  • While in your car, mark the number of cases you would like to purchase on the wine menu
  • Hand the menu back to Talley staff
  • Pull forward to pick up your wine and pay 
  • Enjoy!

Fine print: Discounts apply only to purchases of 12 bottles of the same wine. Mixed cases are not included in this sale.

A Sneak Peek:

We will have a variety of Bishop’s Peak and Talley Vineyards available for sale at 20%-60% off. Here a few of the bottles you will find at the sale:

Non-vintage Bishop's Peak Cabernet Sauvignon

Glamping in the Vineyard

Harvest on the Coast

A glamping adventure at Talley Vineyards could be yours if you join us and the SLO Wine Collective for a virtual Harvest on the Coast.

The 30th anniversary of Harvest on the Coast will look a little different this year. While the SLO Wine Collective is unable to host you for the grand tasting event on the coast, you are cordially invited you to the virtual online auction. Register to bid and then meet us for the virtual auction November 7, 2020 at 3PM.

Our Auction Lot: Glamping with the Talleys

Enjoy a weekend filled with outdoor adventure, local cuisine and Talley Vineyards cool climate wines while glamping under the stars in our vineyards.

This exclusive experience includes one night and two days of VIP glamping for up to four people. Your tents are loaded with local goodies along and bottles of Talley Vineyards wine to enjoy. Brian Talley will be your personal tour guide sharing stories of the vines and wines, while keeping the bears away at night.

Your day will be filled with hikes through the Rincon Vineyard, boasting spectacular views of the Arroyo Grande Valley and a picnic lunch of charcuterie and Chardonnay. After a leisurely afternoon, dinner will be prepared fireside and paired with a wonderful assortment of Talley Vineyards wines.

Finish the night off with stargazing and a nightcap. Wake up the following morning as the sun rises over the vines to a lazy morning of coffee by the campfire. Mid-morning we will host you for brunch at the barrel room. We’ll send you home with an assortment of 12 bottles to enjoy as a memento of your visit.

With views like this…

Take a look a photos from last year’s auction lot winner’s glamping adventure.

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Holiday Gift Guide | 2020

The Talley Table

Give thanks with these wines, curated to pair perfectly with your Thanksgiving meal. Talley Vineyards wines are an excellent addition to any holiday table. $220

  • (2) 2019 Pinot Noir Rosé
  • (2) 2019 Riesling
  • (2) 2018 Estate Pinot Noir
  • (1) Talley Vineyards Corkscrew

12 Days of Talley

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….12 Days of Talley wine. Give the gift of Talley for a joyous holiday season.

  • (1) 2019 Pinot Noir Rosé
  • (1) 2019 Grüner Veltliner
  • (1) 2019 Sauvignon Blanc
  • (1) 2017 Rincon Syrah
  • (1) 2018 Estate Chardonnay
  • (1) 2018 Oliver’s Chardonnay
  • (1) 2018 Rincon Chardonnay
  • (1) 2018 Rosemary’s Chardonnay
  • (1) 2018 Estate Pinot Noir
  • (1) 2018 Stone Corral Pinot Noir
  • (1) 2018 Rincon Pinot Noir
  • (1) 2018 Rosemary’s Pinot Noir

Explore Pinot

Survey our highly regarded Pinot Noir bottlings including 3 single vineyard wines. Burgundian style wines with California influence: approachable minerality, delicate fruit and refreshing energy. $272

  • (1) 2018 Estate Pinot Noir
  • (1) 2018 Stone Corral Pinot Noir
  • (1) 2018 Rincon Pinot Noir
  • (1) 2018 Rosemary’s Pinot Noir
  • (1) Talley Vineyards Corkscrew

Explore Chardonnay

Explore Talley Chardonnays — A fresh take on California Chardonnay with citrus, stone fruit and vivacity shining through in aromas and flavors. $194

  • (1) 2018 Estate Chardonnay
  • (1) 2018 Oliver’s Chardonnay
  • (1) 2018 Rincon Chardonnay
  • (1) 2018 Rosemary’s Chardonnay
  • (1) Talley Vineyards Corkscrew

Bishop’s Peak Classic

Tis the season to drink and be merry with Bishop’s Peaks wines by Talley Vineyards. This survey is a great addition to any meal with family and friends. $106

  • (1) 2019 Chardonnay
  • (1) 2018 Pinot Noir
  • (1) 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • (1) 2017 Elevation
  • (1) Talley Vineyards Corkscrew

Quintessential Talley

This collection is the quintessential expression of Talley Vineyards, representing the cool climate and hillside topography of our home on the San Luis Obispo Coast. $160

  • (1) 2019 Pinot Noir Rose
  • (1) 2018 Estate Chardonnay
  • (1) 2018 Estate Pinot Noir
  • (1) 2017 Rincon Syrah
  • (1) Talley Vineyards Corkscrew

Food Lovers

Celebrate the holiday season with food, wine and family. Explore this tasting pack with wines that are perfect pairings with some of your favorite holiday dishes. $136

  • (1) 2019 Pinot Noir Rosé
  • (1) 2019 Grüner Veltliner
  • (1) Bishop’s Peak Petite Sirah
  • (1) Bishop’s Peak Petit Verdot
  • (1) Talley Vineyards Corkscrew

Talley Time

It’s party time, or what we like to call, Talley Time. Gather together your family and friends and celebrate with your favorite Talley wines. $152

  • (2) Estate Chardonnay
  • (2) Estate Pinot Noir
  • (1) Talley Vineyards Corkscrew

Holiday Shipping Dates:

Thanksgiving:

Ground2-dayOvernight
CaliforniaNov 23Nov 23
West CoastNov 20Nov 20Nov 23
Central/EastNov 16Nov 19Nov 23

Winter Holiday:

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West CoastDec 21Dec 21 Dec 22
Central/EastDec 15 Dec 21Dec 22

Brian’s Guacamole

The coastal San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County region is unique as a place that grows both world-class Chardonnay and avocados—truly a match made in heaven. Avocados are just about my favorite thing that we grow on the farm, and I consider guacamole to be the best possible expression of the avocado.

There are many variations of the basic guacamole recipe. Mine focuses on five critical ingredients: ripe avocados, cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, and lemon juice in place of more commonly used lime juice. In the summer and fall, when we have heirloom tomatoes, I add tomato. Many cooks add onion as well, but I prefer to keep my guacamole simple. It should be served on traditional Mexican corn tortilla chips.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium-size ripe Hass avocados
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 medium jalapeno pepper, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely diced
  • 1 small ripe tomato, chopped (optional)
  • Kosher salt

Directions:

Combine garlic, cilantro, half the jalapeño, and tomato, if desired, in a bowl large enough to accommodate finished guacamole. Add avocados, leaving the mixture as chunky as possible. Add half the lemon juice and salt to taste. Depending on how spicy you like it, add more jalapeño. Add more lemon juice if needed.

Wine pairing:

With the guacamole you can serve either Mexican beer or our 2018 Estate Chardonnay.

2018 Estate Chardonnay

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Rosemary’s Vineyard

Rosemary’s Vineyard has become our most iconic vineyard, and has produced some of the most highly regarded Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in California. In fact it is truly unique as a site that produces two distinct wines of such high quality. Numerous vintages of Rosemary’s Vineyard Pinot Noir have been served at the White House and both Rosemary’s Vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have achieved scores of 98 points in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. The 2002 Rosemary’s Vineyard Chardonnay was judged the best California Chardonnay in the 30th Anniversary Judgment of Paris Tasting in 2006.

I was 10 years old in 1976 when I moved to the place that would become Rosemary’s Vineyard. At that time it was an avocado orchard. Over the previous year, my parents, Don and Rosemary, had built an adobe house on top of a hill on the first piece of property that my family bought in 1966, which was also the year I was born. This site turned out to be poorly suited for avocados because it frequently froze which damaged the trees and caused the crop to fall off. Within a few years, my dad started removing the avocado trees and considering what to plant next.

Meanwhile, in 1982, he had started growing winegrapes in our Rincon Vineyard and was pleased with the quality of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that we produced from that site. In 1987, he set out to plant those varieties in front of his house. For Pinot Noir, he chose the same clonal selection he had planted in the Rincon Vineyard, UCD Clone 2A (often referred to as the Wädenswil selection). As with most of our original plantings, he planted ungrafted or “own-rooted” vines because he wasn’t concerned about phylloxera and because the vines were less expensive (own-rooted vines are now exceedling rare and prized for their singular varietal expression).  A year later, in 1988, he planted the east side of the driveway to Chardonnay. Very soon after that, he decided to name the vineyard after my mother.

Evening Rincon Vineyard
Evening Rincon Vineyard
Evening Rincon Vineyard
Evening Rincon Vineyard

The very first harvest of Pinot Noir from Rosemary’s Vineyard was blended into our Estate Pinot Noir in 1990. In 1991, my dad decided to sell some of the grapes to Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat winery in Santa Barbara County, who produced a legendary single vineyard bottling, in fact the first to bear the moniker “Rosemary’s Vineyard.” We produced the first vintage of Talley Vineyards Rosemary’s Vineyard Pinot Noir in 1993, most of which was sold directly to the customers on our mailing list. In 1994, I began planting Pinot Noir in the area behind my parents’ house. I’ll never forget the day Vineyard Manager Rudy Romero and I were marking the vineyard when my dad came out of his house and noticed that the vines would be planted on 8 foot rows, too narrow for the D4 Caterpillar tractor we used for tillage at that time. I told him that this was how a world class vineyard should be planted and that we could buy a smaller tractor. He muttered something under his breath and walked away—but he let me have my way.

Over time, we expanded the vineyard so that now it very nearly surrounds my mother’s house and consists of 14 acres each Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Most of the original Chardonnay planting on the east side of the driveway has now been replanted with Pinot Noir, this time on 6 foot rows. The original own-rooted 2 1/2 acre block of Pinot Noir on the west side of the driveway remains.

Climatically, Rosemary’s Vineyard is the coolest site that we farm, which means that the grapes ripen slowly and maintain the refreshing acidity that is the hallmark of world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The soil type, classified as “Lopez Very Shaly Loam” is distinct from the calcareous clays that we farm in the Rincon Vineyard or the sand or sandy clay loam of our vineyards in the Edna Valley. We employ gentle sustainable farming practices and classic old world winemaking to coax all of the potential out of this truly special site.

When I stand at the top of the vineyard and look to the ocean, just 6 1/2 miles to the southwest, I reflect on the blessing I’ve received to make wine from this special place.  I do my very best to honor the legacy that began when my father began planting vines here in 1987. I think about him as I walk through the section he planted—the section that produces the very best Pinot Noir grapes that we farm—grapes that form the backbone of every bottle of Rosemary’s Vineyard Pinot Noir that we release.

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Grandma’s Apple Pie

Hazel Talley's apple recipe sitting next to a fresh out of the oven apple pie.

Our tradition of baking apple pie stretches back at least to my Grandmother Hazel’s time. Among my earliest memories are those of her baking and the rest of the family enjoying homemade apple pie. (For some reason, I didn’t come to love apple pie until I was in my 20s.) My father carried on the tradition but took it to another level by planting apple trees especially to supply the fruit for his pies. He chose Gravenstein, a classic tart-tasting, early season baking apple.

Hazel and Oliver Talley

I still get apples from the trees he planted right next to Rosemary’s Vineyard. The pie-baking tradition continues with my daughter Elizabeth, though her recipe for the crust has changed. This recipe is my grandmother’s original, which I wrote down on September 1, 1998, while assisting her in baking the pie. The large quantity of shortening yields a super-flaky crust.

Serves: 6 to 8

Prep time: 2 hours

Ingredients:

  • FILLING
    • 6 small Gravenstein apples (substitute 4 Pippins or Granny Smiths)
    • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
    • Pinch of Cloves
    • Pinch of Nutmeg
    • 1 tbsp flour
    • 1/2 cup sugar, depending on tartness of apples & preference can use up to 1 cup
    • 2 tbsps butter
  • CRUST
    • 2 cups Flour
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 cup shortening
    • 6 tbsps cold water

Directions:

For the filling, core and peel the apples. Slice into wedges about ½ inch thick. Mix in a bowl with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, flour, and sugar. Let the mixture steep while you prepare the crust. It should be somewhat juicy when you pour it into the pie crust.
Set a rack in the lower third of the oven, and preheat the oven to 350°F degrees.

For the crust, mix flour and salt. Cut shortening into the flour mixture with a shortening cutter or 2 knives until the mixture has the consistency of very coarse meal. Don’t overwork it. Add just enough water to incorporate. Knead only enough so that the mixture comes together in a ball. Let rest.
Divide the dough into 2 not quite even portions. Choose the slightly bigger half as the bottom crust, and roll out as thinly as possible on a pie cloth. The crust should be larger than the pan. This crust is very soft and delicate, so work carefully. Gently fold the crust in half and unfold into the pie pan. Repair any tears in the crust, and push the crust down into the pan. Pour the apple mixture into the pan.  Dot with butter by placing it around the apple mixture evenly.  Roll out the other portion of the dough into a circle bigger than the pan. Fold the top of the crust in half and gently drag it onto the top of the pie. Using scissors, cut away the excess dough that’s hanging over the outside edge of the pan. Using your thumb and fingers, crimp the top and bottom crusts together, forming a decorative edge. Using a sharp knife, gently cut 8 holes in the top crust to allow air to escape during cooking. Place the pie in the oven and bake for about 1 hour. Serve warm.

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El Rincon Adobe – A History

“The Rincon Adobe is truly the symbol of Talley Vineyards: It’s been pictured on every bottle of Talley Vineyards wine we’ve ever produced. It’s the first thing visitors see when they arrive, and it’s made of the earth of this place. It preceded us here and will endure long after we’re gone.”  Brian Talley

The first thing visitors see when they arrive at Talley Vineyards is the historic El Rincón Adobe built in the early 1860’s by Ramon Branch, son of Francis Ziba Branch, holder of the Rancho Santa Manuela Land Grant and one of the original settlers of the Arroyo Grande Valley.  The house is constructed of sun dried mud bricks crafted onsite from soil collected from the area. 

The El Rincon Adobe, still standing today at Talley Vineyards.

The Branch family spoke of the ranch surrounding the adobe house as “El Rincón,” which means “the corner” in Spanish, likely referring to the corner of the 16,955-acre Rancho Santa Manuela.  The Rincón Adobe was the smaller of the two adobe houses constructed by the Branch family.  The larger Casa Santa Manuela, built by Francis Ziba Branch about two miles west, on land owned by the Ikeda family, no longer stands.

During the years that the Branch family lived in the adobe, the driveway leading to the property was lined by olive trees as it is today.  The house itself was surrounded by fruit trees and geranium hedges.  The deep window sills are a distinctive feature of the house, reflecting the adobe walls that are more than 24 inches thick.  Each morning, according to family lore, the Branch children stood in the sills waiting for their mother to dress them.

First built some time around 1860, the El Rincon Adobe was restored in 1987.

Ramon began to establish El Rincón immediately after he and his wife Isabela moved into the adobe, working the surrounding flat land along with his older sons and hired help.  Here he raised wheat, barley, corn, and beans, maintained livestock and operated a dairy.  The Branch family continued to live off the land surrounding the adobe until they moved in 1892.  To this day, this is some of the most productive agricultural land in the Arroyo Grande Valley.

El Rincón changed hands twice before the Talley family purchased the property in 1974 for its prime vegetable land.  Don Talley began planting wine grapes in the Rincon Vineyard in 1982, and since Talley Vineyards’ first vintage in 1986, the adobe has been pictured on the winery’s labels.  In 1988 the building-the oldest continuously inhabited residence in San Luis Obispo County until that time-was restored to serve as the Talley Vineyards Tasting Room.

Though no longer the main Talley Vineyards tasting room, the Rincón Adobe remains the symbol of Talley Vineyards and the Talley family’s enduring commitment to the soil and history of the Arroyo Grande Valley.  Winery tours include a visit to the adobe, tasting in the historic building and are available for members of the Talley Vineyards Wine Clubs.

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Sarah's Butternut Squash Lasangna

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Sarah’s Butternut Squash Lasangna

Talley staff’s favorite day of the week is Wednesday. That’s when Sarah Matthew arrives at the vineyard and cooks an amazing meal of us all to share. It’s hard to pick a favorite dish of Sarah’s but her Butternut Squash Lasagna is certainly a contender.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp butter, divided
  • 2 lbs butternut squash
  • 14 ozs vegetable broth
  • 8 ozs mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 16 ozs ricotta cheese
  • 4 tbsps fresh sage, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 1/2 cups whole milk
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 no boil lasagne noodles
  • 2 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

If you are working with a whole butternut squash, begin by cutting it up.  Cut off and discard the ends.  Peel the squash, cut in half lengthwise and remove the seeds.  Cut the squash into cubes, about 1 inch. (Chef’s note: As a time saver, shop for butternut squash that has been peeled, seeded and cubed for you!)

Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.  Add the chopped onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.  Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the pan, followed by the butternut squash.  Cook until the squash just begins to caramelize.  Add the vegetable broth and allow to simmer until most of the liquid is cooked off and the squash is soft.  Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. 

Once the squash mixture has cooled, put in batches into a blender or food processor.  Blend until smooth.  Set aside until it is time to assemble the lasagna.

Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a sauté pan over medium heat.  Add mushrooms, turn up the heat and let the mushrooms cook until they have sweated and the liquid has cooked off.  Remove from the pan and set aside to cool until  it is time to assemble the lasagna.  In a medium sized bowl, gently mix the ricotta cheese, eggs and sage.   Set aside until it is time to assemble the lasagna.

(Chef’s note: The above steps can be done ahead of time and the ingredients refrigerated.)

Put the remaining butter, about ¼ cup, in the sauté pan and melt.  Slowly whisk in ¼ cup of flour to create a roux.  Whisk in the whole milk then gradually bring to a boil.  Turn down the heat and, whisking often, allow to simmer until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.  Add the nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste. 

Begin layering ingredients into a 9 by 13 inch baking dish.  Start with a layer of half the white sauce, followed by half the lasagna noodles, half the blended butternut squash, half the mushrooms, half the ricotta mixture and half the shredded mozzarella.  Repeat.  Finish with the parmesan cheese on top and cover with foil.

Bake in a 350 degree oven, covered, for about 40 minutes, until the lasagna is hot and bubbling.  Remove the foil and cook an additional few minutes to brown the top slightly.

 

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Stone Corral Vineyard - a Celebration of Collaboration

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A Message to our Customers

Dear Talley Vineyards Friends & Family

With growing concerns about the coronavirus, we wanted to reach out and share the actions Talley Vineyards is taking to keep our tasting room safe and clean for you, our employees, and the community at large. We are strictly following the advice and direction of the CDC and the California Health Department as it relates to the virus. At this time, our tasting room will remain open from 10:30AM – 4:30pm daily.

Hygiene standards are always a top priority at the winery and tasting room. However, we’ve taken additional actions to ensure we serve you in the safest way possible. Enhanced safety measures include:

  • Enhanced cleaning protocols —We have increased the frequency of cleaning high touch areas across our facility.
  • Additional antibacterial products —We have increased the quantity of sanitizers and disinfectant wipes available for customers and employees in the tasting room.
  • Event Cancellations — In line with the California Department of Public Health guidelines published today, we will cancel all large events from now until the end of the month. If you’ve reserved tickets, please keep your eyes open for more details or feel free to reach out to us.
  • Staff Training — We continue to educate team members and share best practices for protecting our guests as well as our team members. We encourage team members to stay home if they are not feeling well.

While our tasting room will remain open for business, we understand that you might be choosing to shop and taste at home. In an effort to provide the best service possible, we will provide $1 shipping on any order from our website, now until the end of March when you use promo code ONESHIP at checkout. 

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns and we will continue to monitor and make update our status as things change.

Sincerely,
Talley Vineyards​

Stone Corral Vineyard – a Celebration of Collaboration

The Stone Corral Vineyard is a 28 acre vineyard located in the Edna Valley which was planted entirely to Pinot Noir in 2001. Just four miles from the ocean, it’s unique for two very distinct reasons: First, the soils of the vineyard are far sandier than anything else we farm. Second, it’s the only vineyard in our region that was established and is managed on a collaborative basis. Every year, three bottlings of Stone Corral Vineyard Pinot Noir are produced by Talley Vineyards, Stephen Ross and Kynsi, each of whom has a long term lease for 1/3 of the vineyard.

The soil type of the vineyard is classified as Arnold Sandy Clay Loam which is composed of weathered sandstone, exists predominantly in the coastal ranges of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties and is considered to be “excessively well drained.” Consequently, the vineyard dries out quickly and requires more frequent irrigation than the calcareous clays we farm in most other sites. This soil tends to produce a distinctly dark yet plush style of Pinot Noir relative to our Arroyo Grande Valley vineyard sites.

The idea to plant a collaborative vineyard came to me in the late 1990s. I had listened to winemakers complain that they couldn’t find any smaller vineyard parcels to develop as “estate” vineyards and that traditional tonnage contracts incentivized growers to produce large crops (undesirable for premium quality Pinot Noir).
Meanwhile, growers complained that winemakers insisted on unsustainably small production that wouldn’t cover the farming cost. I wanted to create a structure where the risk of the crop resided with the winemaker, who would receive the reward of making and selling highly acclaimed wine.

I explained this idea to my dad, and we settled on a lease structure wherein wineries would participate in the cost to plant the vineyard and pay the cost to farm their designated area, plus a rental fee. In return, they would receive the crop from that area and would control farming practices, crop yield, harvest decisions and other critical winegrowing choices.

Now that we had a business structure in place, the question became who to approach about this concept.

An obvious candidate was Kynsi winery, owned by Don and Gwen Othman, because they leased winery space from us adjacent to the site of the vineyard.  As I thought about other candidates, I realized that Steve and Paula Dooley, owners of the Stephen Ross winery, could be good partners. Steve had an extensive background as a winemaker and had served in that role at the Edna Valley Vineyard. Paula had strong business chops as an executive with American Airlines. I’ll never forget approaching them at a family picnic in the late 90s and their immediate enthusiasm for the idea.

Before I new it, leases were signed, vines were ordered and the Stone Corral Vineyard was planted in 2001. Gwen Othman came up with the name, the English translation of Corral de Piedra, the historic land grant that underlay the site. Since that time, Stone Corral has emerged as the most highly acclaimed Pinot Noir vineyard in the Edna Valley.  I appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with winemakers who share Talley Vineyards’ commitment to excellence and focus on capturing the special character of this unique vineyard site. Cheers to our 20 year partnership!

Oliver’s Vineyard

Evening Rincon Vineyard

This is the third in my series of long form blog posts on each of our most important vineyards.  Check out Rincon Vineyard and Rosemary’s Vineyard here.  I’ll finish with the story of the Stone Corral Vineyard next month.

Oliver Talley was my grandfather and the founder of Talley Farms.  He started farming in the Oso Flaco (skinny bear) area of the Santa Maria Valley in the 1930s after he graduated from UC Berkeley and returned to his hometown of Santa Maria.  He followed his employer at the time, Byron Tabb, to Arroyo Grande, became his partner, and eventually bought him out to establish Talley Farms in 1948.  Along the way, he met my grandmother, Hazel, and they had two sons, Donald (my dad) and Kenneth.

My grandfather was a tenant farmer focused exclusively on vegetables until my dad returned to the business and convinced him to start buying the land we farmed.  Over the next 30 years, we purchased much of the land that today comprises Talley Farms, as well as our six vineyard sites.  At the time my father began planting vineyards in 1982, my grandfather made two things clear:  first, while he was happy to grow grapes for others, he didn’t want to be in the wine business.  Second, we should plant Riesling, because that was his favorite wine.  Four years later, my parents started Talley Vineyards and one of the five varietals we produced in that inaugural vintage was Riesling.  Even though my grandfather still wasn’t crazy about the wine business, he was happy that we were making his favorite wine.

In 1988, a parcel of land that we were farming came up for sale.  This 156 acre ranch was located on Corbett Canyon Road about 5 miles northeast of Arroyo Grande in the Edna Valley.  Just like every other parcel we own, we purchased it to grow vegetables.  And just like our other parcels, it included hillside property perfectly suited for winegrapes.

1991 was a busy year at Talley Vineyards:  we completed our winery at the foot of the Rincon Vineyard, I became General Manager of the business, and we planted our new Edna Valley vineyard site.  It was initially referred to as Block 17 because it was the 17th vineyard block we had planted since 1982.  We needed a better name than that, and after casting around and exploring various options, my dad suggested Oliver’s Vineyard to honor my grandfather.  In 1994, we made the inaugural vintage of Oliver’s Vineyard Chardonnay.  I remember making up a barrel sample of that wine with a label that I mocked up that said “Oliver’s Vineyard”, which I gave to my grandfather.  After he drank the wine (which he declared to be his new favorite wine) he soaked the label off, framed it and hung it over his bar.

Oliver’s Vineyard is now a 35 acre vineyard planted predominantly to Chardonnay, with small sections of Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Grüner Veltliner.  Buffeted by the spring winds of the Edna Valley, and growing in Marimel Sandy Clay Loam soil, Oliver’s Vineyard is noted for producing exotic Chardonnay with distinct saline notes. 

Our Oliver’s Vineyard Chardonnay is produced entirely from that original 16 acre planting, which is now one of the oldest blocks of Chardonnay in the Edna Valley.  I think of my grandfather every time I enjoy it.  By the time he passed away in 1999, he had come full circle on his view of the wine business.  Not only was Oliver’s Vineyard Chardonnay is favorite wine, but he was happy to say that starting Talley Vineyards was his idea in the first place. 

Cheers!  BT

Perfectly Pinot Noir

Meet Talley Pinot Noir

Get acquainted with world class Pinot Noirs from the San Luis Obispo Coast. This tasting pack includes an array of Talley Pinots — get ready to meet your new favorite wines.

  • 2019 Pinot Noir Rosé
  • 2018 Estate Pinot Noir
  • 2018 Rosemary’s Pinot Noir

2019 Pinot Noir Rosé

With a faint salmon color and white peach and strawberry notes, our Pinot Noir Rosé is defined by its freshness and the cool climate of the Edna Valley. It is crisp and clean in mouth, with a delicate acidity and a minerality that express the authenticity of coastal California and the Talley Vineyards sense of place.


2018 Estate Pinot Noir

Aromas of cranberry, delicate oak, and raspberry on the nose complement a flavor profile of Rainier cherry, juicy raspberry, and smoke. With moderate acidity and fresh red fruits on the finish, this wine is approachable and widely appealing.

90 points, Jeb Dunnuck


2018 Rosemary’s Pinot Noir

Our premier Pinot Noir from Rosemary’s Vineyard opens with aromas of blackberry, pencil shavings, granite and cranberry. Flavors of black cherry, sarsaparilla, bramble, lead and dried apricot unfold into a dark elegant finish on this complex beauty.

96+ points, Jeb Dunnuck

Woman holds a bottle of 2018 Rosemary's Pinot Noir by Talley Vineyards.