November 1, 2019
The Prince Departs

2013 Talisman Adastra Vineyard Los Carneros Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 316 cases, $56. Released October 1, 2016. This vineyard, planted in 1994 in clay loam soils, is CCOF organically certified and farmed by Chris Thorpe and Edwin Richards. Clones include 113, 115, 777, Swan, Pommard, W├Ądenswil 2A and suitcase selections. Aged in French oak barrels, 62% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with heady scents of blueberry, cherry, cola and subtle oak. An array of dark red and blue fruits are offered in a mid weight styled wine, with a muscular tannic backbone but balancing acidity. The oak treatment peaks on the finish that reveals a bit of alcoholic warmth. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and recorked bottle, there was better oak and tannin integration, more polish, but still a hint of heat on the finish. Score: 89-90. Reviewed October 19, 2016

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