($45) Straw-gold color. Subtly leesy aromas of citrus skin and minerals. Sweet and supple in the middle palate, with enticing pear and iodine notes, as well as a primary grapey nuance. Full without being at all heavy. Finishes with a whiplash of flavor.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: September/October 2006
Burghound | Rating: 88
A subtle touch of wood toast and the barest hint of vanilla and oak spice frames the slightly exotic aromas that include mango, apricot and peach, leading to impressively rich and full-bodied flavors that do not quite have the precision of the Rincon yet there is more power, weight and finishing punch. In particular, there is a lot of dry extract in this wine that explains why this seems so concentrated if not elegant.
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: 3rd Quarter, 2006
Wine Advocate | Rating: 89
This was the first Talley Chardonnay in the tasting that did not merit an outstanding score. By itself, it may have received a slightly higher rating, but coming right after the truly majestic 2005 and the quartet of remarkable wines made between 2006 and 2009, the 2004 seemed slightly more restrained and modest with a more monolithic character. Part of it could be that it is still so young, tasting like a two-year old Chardonnay rather than one that is seven years of age. Abundant notes of lemon zest, orange peel, quince and white currants are present in this fruity effort along with youthful acidity. However, it seems to be holding much of its personality in reserve. This 2004 will be interesting to follow and I suspect it will age well.