Talbott Vineyards has a lovely tasting room in the Carmel Valley. The winery focuses on the cool climate varietals of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. While some of the wines are on the pricey side, most were in the $20s which is very affordable for the level of quality. All wines are estate wines which means that Talbott owns the vineyards that grow their grapes. As a result, they have more control over the yields which is clear in the quality and richness of their wines.
I really enjoyed most of not all of their wines, but those from the Sleepy Hollow Vineyard were my favorites. The winemaker models Talbott wines in the style of Burgundy which means they are more restrained and elegant than other California Pinots and Chards (I prefer this style hence my enjoyment of these wines).
This winery is well known in the area so expect crowds if you go on the weekend. It is worth the trip though even if you have to wait in line.
Downsides? Like most tasting rooms that offer the good stuff, expect crowds on a weekend. Most wines reasonably priced but some are more expensive ($40+).
Rating: 3 out of 4 – recommend