2014 Talley Vineyards Chardonnay Arroyo Grande Valley


  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Arroyo Grande Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 16

  • PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine: 90 points

    November 28, 2018 - My second bottle. Dropping my rating two points because it is much more muted than the first. Peach, melon, tropical fruits, but light; only a hint of oak, the alcohol also seems moderate. It has the balance, integration and QPR that I have always loved about this wine, yet this bottle lacks that extra bit of verve that I have come to expect from this Tally bottling.

  • PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine: 92 points

    June 25, 2018 - This is usually one of my favorite California Chardonnays because of its great QPR and the balance that it shows sitting where it does along the Chardonnay style spectrum: medium bodied, moderately oaked, versatile. Proponents of no-oak and heavy oak will each reject it, but I find it just right in most years - at this price point.

    Sure enough, 2014 hits the sweet spot. Decanted, it opened up over 30-45 minutes. This has an excellent fragrance profile, with citrus, pear, apple and fruit blossoms, with those same flavors shining through; excellent acid backbone, with a long finish, hints of iodine and minerals. Classic "bite" at the back of the throat. Not an overbearing wine, but big enough, it is smooth, balanced and stays lip-smacking long into the meal.

  • BButts Does not like this wine: 86 points

    March 14, 2018 - Just ok. Not much to it

  • short and confused wrote: 91 points

    February 8, 2018 - Great California Chardonnay for $20. Pale gold. This thing does smell like ripe california chardonnay. There is some muted tropical yellow and orange fruit as well as smoky lees. Lots of good punch in the mouth with the smokey and spicy notes dominating. There is some iodine/butterscotch at the end which I love. Really good.

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  • cuffthis Likes this wine: 88 points

    November 20, 2017 - Light gold in color, this wine reveals white peach, white flowers and green apple aromas on the nose. The mouth feel is fuller bodied with more green apple elements and hints of honey and vanilla. The finish reveals lighter than expected acidity but still manages to come together. 13.4% abv.

    Purchased on the bottle list for $70US at a quality wine bar in Wilmington, DE, this is was a good pairing with our cheese and charcuterie plate. The slightly lower level of acidity was a surprise with this excellent producer.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2014
  • Type White
  • Producer Talley Vineyards
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Arroyo Grande Valley

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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 106 (8%)
  • Consumed 1,180 (92%)

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