2008 Talbott Logan Chardonnay – WA92 for $16
The Santa 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)
If high-end, highly rated Chardonnay is your thing, you can’t go wrong with Talbott’s 2008 Logan.
Buy Here: 2008 Talbott Logan Chardonnay $15.95
Wine Advocate 92 points
“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.”