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Includes gift box TALLEY 2011 ESTATE CHARDONNAY
ANTONIO GALLONI 92 POINTS - “The 2011 Chardonnay Estate, from Briam Talley’s estate’s vineyards in Arroyo Grande, is supported by gorgeous veins of graphite, crushed rocks and minerals. An intriguing wine, the 2011 stands out for its mineral-drenched energy and length, while more typical varietal fruit notes lie in the background. Layers of fruit continue to build as the broad shoulders fill out in a Chardonnay endowed with tons of personality and pure class.“

A great introduction to Talley’s “house style” of white wine, their Estate Chardonnay is a blend of fruit from both their Rosemary and Rincon vineyard. The wine employs fermentation similar to its bigger siblings, but a shorter time in oak (9 months vs. 15 months) ensures a brighter profile. Wine critic Antonio Galloni scored this wine 92 points, and even called it a “fabulous value”!

ARROWOOD 2009 CABERNET SAUVIGNON - Richard Arrowood started his winery several decades ago, and he was quick to show that he was interested in wine quality over profits. This mentality worked very well for him, as he ended up achieving both! While Richard Arrowood has since sold the winery, it is good to see that the new owners are carrying on his same attention to detail that Richard had, and the winemaking staff work hard to keep Arrowood Winery at the top of its game! The grapes come from primarily organic or sustainably-farmed vineyards along the benches, hillsides and mountains of Sonoma County (Monte Rosso is one of those vineyards). Fruit forward, bright aromas of raspberries and cherries are intermixed with cola and subtle oak. On the palate, the tannins are full yet velvety, and the wine shows flavors of cocoa, raspberries, black currants, anise and a hint of minerals. This wine shows a remarkable balance for the pricepoint!
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