2008 Talbott Chardonnay Logan Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

Year: 2008
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 92
White Wine
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"The 2008 Chardonnay Logan (a selection from the Sleepy Hollow Vineyard) is a slightly fruitier, more structured style of Chardonnay from Talbott. Light straw-colored, the wine displays notes of nectarine, kiwi, orange marmalade, honey, and subtle oak. Cutting a broad swath across the palate, it is full-bodied, rich, and impressively endowed. It is the best Talbott Chardonnay in a number of years.

This is the most impressive lineup of wines I have seen from Talbott in a number of years. Their less expensive second label is a noteworthy value." (WA)

"The Saint Lucia Highlands AVA in Monterey county produces some of the country’s best Chardonnay due to its cool temperatures and long growing season. Talbott combined those elements in perfect harmony to make their 2008 Chardonnay from a selection of their large Sleepy Hollow Vineyard. Ironically, the more expensive “Sleepy Hollow Vineyard” designated Chardonnay from Talbott was rated one point lower, making this an even better value for those who like a modern, oaky style of Chardonnay, without being over-the-top.

This wine is creamy on the palate with a band of acid cutting through on the finish. The 16-35 year old vines, from which this wine was created, make for rich, deeply concentrated flavors as well as a reasonably high 15.1% alcohol level that is seamlessly integrated. The new oak is also well integrated but present in a complementary way.

Talbott seems to be on a great trajectory, making wines that would cost twice as much if they were produced up the road in Sonoma or Napa.

Here are a couple of other Chardonnay values from Talbott:

2008 Kali Hart Chardonnay $11.95 (WA87)

2008 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay $27.95 (WA91)" (Nickel & Dime)

Winery Notes:
Delightful wine to drink on it's own or pair with cheese and food. A classic style Chardonnay that displays refreshing and bright notes of apple, nectarine, and pear with subtle French Oak. Estate grown from our Sleepy Hollow Vineyard located in the Santa Lucia Highlands of California.

Sleepy Hollow Vineyard is located in the northern part of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. The crown jewel of our estate program, Sleepy Hollow is widely regarded as one of Califor- nia’s great vineyards. Fruit for Talbott Chardonnay, Logan comes from several prized sections of Sleepy Hollow Vineyard and includes grapes from 16- to 35-year-old Wente clone vines, as well as selections from more youthful Dijon clone vines.

This vintage of Talbott Chardonnay, Logan displays all of the appealing qualities that have come to define this wine. The color is medium-straw with great clarity. In the bouquet, aro- mas of pineapple, kiwi and guava mingle with notes of vanilla and toast. On the palate, the wine displays a rich mouthfeel, excellent structure and good balance. The initial impression offers lush tropical fruit followed by a citrus and mineral mid- palate, and a long, clean, dry and satisfying lemon brioche.