For three generations the Talley family has farmed in the Southern San Luis Obispo County. The tradition began in 1948 when Oliver Talley founded Talley Farms and started growing specialty vegetables in the Arroyo Grande Valley. During the 1970s extensive planting of winegrapes began in the neighboring Edna Valley and Santa Barbara County areas. After observation and extensive analysis, Oliver’s son, Don Talley, was convinced of the potential to grow high quality chardonnay and pinot noir on the steep hillsides above Talley Farms. Over time the varietal and clonal selections were refined and planting expanded to a total of 165 acres in the Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys. The Talley family owns six unique vineyards comprising 177 acres in Southern San Luis Obispo County. Rincon Vineyard, Rosemary’s Vineyard, Monte Sereno Vineyard, and Las Ventanas Vineyard are located in the Arroyo Grande Valley. Oliver’s Vineyard and Stone Corral Vineyard are located in the neighboring Edna Valley. Talley Vineyards produced its first wine in 1986 with the production of 450 cases.
Lively and leaning towards the pretty, elegant end of the spectrum, the Chardonnay Estate has plenty of ripe apple, pear, baking bread and toast as well as juicy acidity and medium-bodied richness. Nicely textured.