Sunday, January 31, 2010

Talbott Vineyards - premium wines from premium Monterey county vineyards

Talbott Vineyards was founded by the Talbott family over 25 years ago. They produce premium quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Monterey County’s top quality winegrowing regions, Santa Lucia Highlands and Carmel Valley.

Robert Talbott moved to Carmel in 1950 where he started the Robert Talbott Tie Company. In 1982 he began to plant the Diamond T vineyard. Planting this mountaintop site met breaking apart massive boulders with a sledgehammer, but Robb felt that this site could produce great Burgundian style wines. In addition to their Diamond T vineyard, they were also obtaining fruit from the legendary Sleepy Hollow vineyard in Santa Lucia Highlands, a vineyard with the reputation for producing Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs with great depth and rich character. In 1994 the Talbotts were able to acquire Sleepy Hollow vineyards where their state-of-art winery is now located.

Talbott Vineyards winemaker is Dan Karlsen who brings 30 years of winemaking and viticulture experience to Talbott. He joined Talbott in 2007 after 10 years as winemaker at Chalone Winery.

The Talbott Vineyards Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay has consistently been a 90+ point wine over many years. The 2006 vintage has crisp acidity and tropical fruit aromas. On the palate you detect the same tropical flavors with a distinct minerality and toasted yeasty quality, leading on to a ripe round finish.

The very special 2007 Diamond T Estate Chardonnay is from the unique Diamond T vineyards that Robb Talbott struggled to plant in 1982. The crop yields are very small that helps concentrate the flavors. It has a medium straw color with aromas of pineapple and kiwi with a touch of hazelnut, citrus and minerality. The same flavors are found on the palate along with apple and vanilla. The long finish is highlighted by citrus acidity and flinty minerality.

The 2007 Cuvee Audrey is the best of the best, representing selected fruit from the premium Diamond T Vineyard. It has aromas of white peach, lemon and toasted hazelnut. The same peach and lemon qualities follow through on the palate. It has a sophisticated structure, crisp acidity, complex minerality and a creamy mouthfeel, leading to a long complex finish.

Talbott’s 2008 Logan Pinot Noir is from the Sleepy Hollow Vineyard in Santa Lucia Highlands. On the nose you detect blueberry, cherry and floral qualities with smoke and a touch of minerality. On the palate the same blueberry quality shines through and a cherry cola flavor is evident. This is a ripe silky wine with a long finish.

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