The signature red wine of Talley Vineyards, the Estate Pinot Noir has been bottled since the inaugural 1986 vintage and represents a pure expression of the Arroyo Grande Valley appellation. It was the first Pinot Noir produced in Coastal San Luis Obispo County to demonstrate the potential of the area as a world class Pinot Noir winegrowing region. 2017 Tasting Notes; Aromas of Cherry, pomegranate, sage and dusty roots with flavors of Raspberry, rhubarb, cranberry, orange peel and nutmeg on the palate. Vineyard notes: “In 2017, the five year drought officially ended when we received over 30 inches of rainfall in the Arroyo Grande Valley. Cool, wet conditions persisted into the spring which delayed growth and critical vineyard operations, including pruning, mowing, tillage and shoot thinning. Growth was vigorous, which resulted in especially large vine canopies and the need for extensive leaf removal to reduce mildew and botrytis pressure, both of which are deleterious to quality. Yields in the vineyard were variable, with some blocks above average, but most below. Overall, it was a challenging season that will reward growers who worked hard to keep their fruit clean as well as winemakers who sorted extensively.” – Winery. Aged 14 months in French oak barrels, 30% new, bottled without filtration.