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Talbott Vineyards

Talbott Vineyards in Monterey County, California

Profile: The Talbott family began planting their vineyards in 1982. At the time, they were considered rebels, placing vines on hillsides deemed too steep or too cold for growing grapes. In its early years, Talbott made their wines from a combination of purchased grapes and those from their own vineyards. In 1994, they were able to purchase the Sleepy Hollow Vineyard to become an all-estate winery. Focusing on cool growing sites, Talbott has become internationally recognized for their Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.

Wine label of Talbott Vineyards 2008 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay

2008 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay
Varietal/Style: Chardonnay
Santa Lucia Highlands, CA
Vintage: 2008
Winemaker: Dan Karlsen
Rating: 14/20
Retail Price: $40

Tasting Notes:
The 2008 Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay is a bright, full-bodied, American-style wine. On the nose it offers tropical notes with hints of toasted oak and vanilla. Stone fruit and guava dominate on the palate with racy, citrus acidity and hazelnut at the back of the palate. If we had any criticism, it would be that the wine lacks the subtlety of its French counterparts. However, its robust quality makes it well suited to hearty poultry dishes from garlic roast chicken to duck a l'orange to turkey with all the trimmings. Or try it with vegetarian foods like asparagus with hollandaise, wild mushroom risotto or a simple, ripe brie cheese.

Wine of the Week April 4, 2011:

2008 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay

Other Talbott wines we have tasted:

2002 Diamond T Estate Chardonnay

2004 Diamond T Estate Chardonnay

2004 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay

2005 Diamond T Estate Chardonnay

2005 Kali Hart Pinot Noir

2005 Logan Chardonnay

2005 Logan Pinot Noir

2005 Cuvée Carlotta Chardonnay

2006 Kali Hart Chardonnay

2008 Cuvée Sarah Case Pinot Noir

2008 Logan Pinot Noir

2008 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Pinot Noir

2009 Kali Hart Pinot Noir

2009 Logan Chardonnay

2009 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Pinot Noir

2010 Kali Hart Chardonnay

2010 Logan Pinot Noir


1380 River Road
Salinas, CA 93908
For more information, visit the Talbott Vineyards official website

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