Talley Vineyards Stone Corral Pinot Noir 2013
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The Stone Corral Vineyard is a 28 acre site located in the Edna Valley that was planted entirely to pinot noir in 2001. The sandy clay loam soils of the vineyard produce elegant wines with plush texture and dark color. Rich cranberry in hue, the 2013 vintage of Stone Corral Pinot Noir is true to character. Aromas of candied apple, raspberry and a slight hint of kerosene show through beautifully. On the palate flavors of juicy plum and subtle sarsaparilla are complemented by a slightly smoky finish. With its sturdy structure, this medium-bodied pinot noir would pair wonderfully with grilled rack of lamb or beef tenderloin.
"A step back from the Rincon and Rosemary releases, yet still a stunner, the 2013 Pinot Noir Stone Corral comes from sandy soils and exhibits pretty notes of rose petals, crushed rocks, candied watermelon and strawberries. Showing more and more minerality with time in the glass, it's medium-bodied and focused on the palate, with vibrant acidity, excellent purity and a clean finish. It lacks a touch of length compared to the other two single-vineyards, but I suspect will evolve similarly."
Light notes of pomegranate and hibiscus intertwine with Earl Grey tea and lavender on the nose of this wine from one of the region's most famous producers. There's lots of California chaparral spice on the nose, with aniseed, wild fennel and a cinnamon character decorating the cranberry, pomegranate and light strawberry flavors.
Score: 92, Matt Kettmann, March 1, 2016
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