Bishop's Peak Chardonnay 2015
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Made by the Talley family, Bishop's Peak offers such an incredible quality/value ratio in California Central Coast wine. The Chardonnay is produced entirely from Chardonnay grapes grown in Oliver’s Vineyard. Whole-cluster pressed and fermented with native yeast in stainless steel and neutral French oak barrels, plus no malolactic fermentation. Aged sur lie in stainless steel and neutral French oak barrels, this combines sunny fruit and with refreshing acidity.
For three generations the Talley family has farmed in Coastal San Luis Obispo County. The tradition began in 1948 when Oliver Talley founded Talley Farms and started growing specialty vegetables in the Arroyo Grande Valley. During the 1970's extensive planting of wine grapes began in the neighboring Edna Valley and Santa Barbara County areas. After observation and extensive analysis, Oliver's son, Don Talley, was convinced of the potential to grow high quality chardonnay and pinot noir on the steep hillsides above Talley Farms. Don planted a small test plot in 1982 on the west hillside of the Rincon Vineyard that included chardonnay, pinot noir, riesling, sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon. Over time the varietal and clonal selections were refined and planting expanded to a total of 190 acres in the Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys.
Talley Vineyards produced its first wine in 1986 with the production of 450 cases. Talley Vineyards currently produces about 30,000 cases annually. Brian and Johnine Talley own and operate Talley Vineyards, while Todd, Ryan, Brian and Rosemary Talley own and operate Talley Farms.
VinousPale gold. Meyer lemon, quince, white flowers and smoky minerals on the lively, incisive nose. Nervy citrus and orchard fruit flavors show very good clarity and a complementary subtle honeysuckle quality. Juicy and precise on the clinging finish, which strongly echoes the mineral and floral notes.
Wine AdvocateA good value that has plenty to love, the 2015 Bishop's Peak Chardonnay (100% Chardonnay brought up in stainless steel and neutral French oak) offers classy notes of apple blossom, salted melon and spice in a lively, straightforward, nicely textured and fresh package.