August 27, 2019
The Prince Departs

2014 Talisman Red Dog Vineyard Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 366 cases. This vineyard is located above Bennett Valley on the northwestern side of Sonoma Mountain. A low yielding site exposed to the full brunt of cold air flowing off the Pacific Ocean. 800 feet elevation, planted in 2000 in loamy clay. Clones 115, 777 and Pommard 5. Aged 21 months in French oak barrels, 60% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Teasing aromas of black cherry and blueberry fruit with integrated oak, timber and spice notes. The lovely core of dark fruits including very ripe cherry and raspberry are accented with hints of clove and other warm spices that alert the senses. The suede tannins and plenty of finishing power leave an impression. Score: 92-93. Reviewed August 6, 2017

Winery: Talisman
From article: Talisman Wines: An In-Depth Tasting of 2014 Vintage & Older Vintage Pinot Noir