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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Legends of Sleepy Hollow

When Washington Irving wrote his short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in 1820, he couldn’t have known there would be a Sleepy Hollow vineyard all the way across the country in California, which didn’t even exist as a state. And the two Sleepy Hollows could not be more different. California’s Sleepy Hollow in Monterey County is a lush beautiful land populated with grapes at the foot of the Santa Lucia Mountains overlooking the fertile Salinas Valley. Cranes’ Sleepy Hollow is dark, dank, moody and people fear for their safety. Fortunately there’s no fear in the Talbott Vineyards 2013 Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay. This wine is full of apple, apricot, sweet resin, quince, cedar and vanilla. It’s been fermented in the barrel but is not some oaky/buttery bomb that has lost its head. And it straddles that line between mature fruit and caramelized flavors, and yes, it’s under screw cap – and regardless of what you want to think or believe, screw caps protect you, the consumer. This is what Talbott does best, take a scary idea like barrel fermented chardonnay and turn it into a great little story. TALBOTT

ORIGIN: Monterey, Santa Lucia Highlands, California
PRICE:  $42 - 750/ml
ALCOHOL: 14.7%

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