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WINE TIME With Bill Carlson August 2012

WINE TIME With Bill Carlson August 2012


Bishop’s Peak wines are tops


Written by
Bill Carlson
Seville Quarter

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 *