Why should you care? Talley Vineyards has long been one of the most reliable sources for graceful—some would say “Burgundian”—chardonnays and pinot noirs from California’s Central Coast. Brian Talley, who oversees his family’s vineyards and winery, aims for power and elegance, and the winery has a loyal following of savvy sommeliers and wine lovers around the world. Talley’s entry-level line, Bishop’s Peak, displays the finesse and energy that is Talley’ house style at a remarkably fair price. In fact, these wines compare favorably to those of many of Talley’s neighbors at a fraction of the price.
What does it taste like? Two thousand ten was a cool year in the Central Coast, “a Talley vintage,” according to Brian Talley. The 2010 Bishop’s Creek chardonnay is a racy, precise, impressively complex wine that displays lively floral and citrus flavors and also possesses sneaky depth and power. It drinks well all by itself but has the stuffing to work with richer foods like roasted or grilled chicken.
How much does it cost, and where can you find it? $15.