Brambly Pinot Noir - Wine & Spirits Magazine

Brambly Pinot Noir

Owner Brian Talley and winemaker Eric Johnson barrel tasting pinot noir. (Photo courtesy of the winery)

Talley Vineyards is an OG of the central Central Coast, a farming family who planted grapes in the Arroyo Grande Valley in 1982, proving to the world that these transverse valleys were remarkable terroirs for more than just brassicas and peppers. Over the years, their single-vineyard bottlings of pinot noir and chardonnay, centered around their two original plantings, Rincon and Rosemary’s, have captured subtle differences of exposure as well as details of the composition of their seabed soils, calcareous clays and shale loam. This wine includes contributions from both sites, (as well as from Stone Corral Vineyard, in the Edna Valley). It now bears the SLO Coast appellation moniker for the newly-approved AVA (established 2022), a name for the region the Talleys have called home for generations. Their 2021 is all raspberry bramble and dark cherry in this moment, a modest whole-cluster savor (just 10%) pushing the brambly vibe. The fruit is dark and pure, a comfortable, enveloping saturation of flavor, and a pairing for grilled quail.


Talley 2021 San Luis Obispo Coast Pinot Noir 

Every week, our editors highlight a wine that intrigued them in our blind panel tastings, expanding on their tasting note in this space. These are entirely editorial choices; there are no paid placements. Subscribers can also access the original tasting note by searching here.

Patrick J. Comiskey covers US wines for Wine & Spirits magazine, focusing on the Pacific Northwest, California’s Central Coast and New York’s Finger Lakes.

This is a W&S web exclusive. Get access to all of our feature stories by signing up today.