May 11, 2020 - A decent unoaky bottle with good QPR. A bit of peach, a bit of vanilla. Nothing fancy but pleasant.
February 11, 2020 - Another great bottle, this wine is in a perfect place right now. It shows lots of youth, vigor and tension, with white fruits, a hint of citrus, good acid underpinnings, structure, and a very nice mineral finish. It has just enough oak to give it a nice Burgundy character and bite, but everything here is in balance. Excellent QPR.
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.
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.
March 14, 2018 - Just ok. Not much to it
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.
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.
November 16, 2017 - Talley's Chardonnay offerings always seem to strike a nice balance between fruit, acid and oak. Their 2014 Arroyo Grande bottling delivers on the balance of fruit and oak. That said, it is a bit lacking in acidity. Light golden in color, it serves up aromas and flavors of green apples, citrus, quince, honey and vanilla. Despite being barrel fermented and aged for nine months in French oak (23% new), it has a restrained oak component that adds complexity but does not overpower the fruit. Medium-bodied and with seamless alcohol (13.4%), it has good mid-palate presence and finishes with medium length. This is a good Chardonnay for the price, but lacks the verve that one would expect from this quality producer. Drink now-2020.
September 11, 2017 - Very pale straw color. Melon nose. Peach and melon on the front end, but not much happening on Back end apart from s bit of oakiness.
August 13, 2017 - A bit more on the oakier side, this Chard has some butter and vanilla with mild acidity to accompany it. Well made but not a whole lot of complexity or fruit purity to go with it.