Talbott Vineyards crafts fine chardonnays

Talbott chardonnays definitely deserve your attention.

Talbott chardonnays definitely deserve your attention. (Credit: Handout)

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Robert Talbott's tie company makes beautiful neckware: textured, carefully crafted, subtly knit, silky, solid, bright, sometimes with an extra-long finish.

You could say the same about the wines of Talbott Vineyards.

Talbott's winemaker, Dan Karlsen, specializes in chardonnay and pinot noir. Today, the focus is on the Talbott chardonnays, which definitely deserve your attention.

The 2011 Talbott Chardonnay, Kali Hart has tropical fruit notes, with lots of pineapple, some citrus and fine acidity. The Monterey wine is versatile, too. Enjoy it as a sipper or with light seafood dishes. A bottle is about $20.

Add $3.50 and taste the 2011 Talbott Chardonnay, Logan, a lively and floral, very fruity wine that brings in citrus, pear and a trace of vanilla. It's from Talbott's justly celebrated Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, south of Monterey in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Try it with shellfish, from shrimp to crab and lobster.

For a bigger white, look for the 2011 Talbott Chardonnay, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, a barrel-fermented, creamy tribute to estate-grown grapes. You'll find suggestions of pear and peach in this charmer. It's ideal with steamed or broiled lobster, grilled salmon, sauteed bay scallops, pastas with cream sauce. Figure about $42.

The winery veers toward Burgundy with the 2011 Talbott Diamond T Vineyard Chardonnay, a balanced beauty that announces itself with vanilla and citrus. The refined, layered white is ideal with grilled lobster or a seafood risotto, monkfish and striped bass. It's about $52.

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