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WINE TIME With Bill Carlson August 2012
Bishop’s Peak wines are tops
Pensacola News Journal
Bishop’s Peak wines are tops at less than $20
Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco lies California’s largest viticulture area, the Central Coast.
Stretching from Santa Barbara in the south to Monterrey in the north along the stunning Pacific coastline, it is home to more than 350 wineries.
Talley Vineyards has been farming this area in Arroyo Grande Valley for three generations. Making wines since the mid-1980s, it has quickly betrusted come a reference point in making Burgundian varietals of chardonnay and pinot noir. In fact, its wines from the Rincon and Rosemary’s Estate vineyards are some of the best wines in the world. I highly recommend latching on to a bottle or two, if you can find them.
Talley also has a “grower” series of wines called Bishop’s Peak that captures the essence of Talley’s wines, but is affordable enough to be on your daily table.
Don’t think of Bishop’s Peak as a second label or a way to make a quick buck off the winery’s name, as these wines stand on their own merit. The grapes are sourced from local, growers, but the same winemaking techniques that go into Talley go into Bishop’s Peak.
The 2010 Bishop’s Peak Chardonnay ($12.49) has been my go-to chardonnay this summer.
It’s refreshing, and the lively, fresh flavors of Granny Smith apples and tropical fruits with very little oak influence make a very elegant and balanced wine.
This would be the perfect pairing with the classic Spanish dish Gambas al Ajillo, grilled shrimp with garlic.
Finding a worthy drinking pinot noir for less than $20 is always a difficult task. The 2010 Bishop’s Peak Pinot Noir ($16.99) is a steal for 100 percent pinot noir with grapes from San Luis Obispo and aged 10 months in French oak. I have tasted many pinots costing more than $50 that are not as well-puttogether as this wine.
Bright red fruit, tart cherries and plums with a touch of spice on the finish make this a thoroughly enjoyable pinot noir.
Lots of interesting wines are coming out of California’s Central Coast. Kudos to Talley for making high quality wines like Bishop’s Peak at a fair price. Bishop’s Peak wines are available at Seville’s Wine Shop.
*Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211, or visit www.sevillequarter.com. *