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TALLEY CHARDONNAY, ROSEMARY'S VINEYARD, ARROYO GRANDE VALLEY 2015
(raised in French oak barrels, 20% of them new, for 17 months) Limpid yellow. A powerfully scented bouquet evokes fresh melon, Meyer lemon, honey and white flowers, and a smoky mineral nuance builds as the wine stretches out. Sappy, concentrated and penetrating on the palate, offering vibrant, mineral-tinged orchard and citrus fruit flavors and hints of chamomile, brioche and iodine. The mineral element adds energizing lift and cut to the extremely long, juicy finish, which leaves behind a sexy floral note.
Charging out of the gate with intense pink grapefruit, lemongrass and ripe peach notes complemented by hints of brioche and ginger, the 2015 Chardonnay Estate Rosemary's Vineyard fills the palate with creamy stone fruit and citrus flavors, supported by a racy acid line and finishing with lingering savory notes.
Spectacular aromas of sea salt, dried lemon peels, seared mandarins, chamomile, lemongrass, kaffir lime and plumeria make the mouth water simply upon smelling this savory wine. The sip is loaded with tension and judicious acidity, and yet the flavors are soft, from lemon meringue to crisp pluot and vanilla dust. 12/31/2017 MATT KETTMANN