August 27, 2019
The Prince Departs

2013 Talisman Jamison Vineyard Destein Estate Bennett Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 51 cases, $48. Released June 1, 2016. Inaugural bottling from this vineyard. This vineyard receives the brunt of cold air through the Petaluma Gap. 565-625 feet elevation. Clone 777 planted in 1996. Aged 20 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of rhubarb, raisin, bruised apple, earthy flora and a touch of oak. The core of fruit flavors consist of boysenberry and blackberry with nutty oak in the background. Nicely balanced, with a satiny texture, but nothing stands out, with the fruit fading quickly on the finish. Better the following day when tasted from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, with a sappy dark fruit compote character, and resolution of the bruised apple note evident upon opening. Score: 87-88. Reviewed October 19, 2016

Winery: Talisman
From article: Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir & Chardonnay