August 27, 2019
The Prince Departs

2015 Talisman Sadie’s Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.68, TA 0.55, 223 cases, $48. Sourced from a 5-acre vineyard located in the Sebastopol hills along the Bodega Highway corridor. Goldridge soils. Pommard and Dijon 115. Ambient fermentation with 25% whole cluster. At the completion of fermentation after a week, the tank was sealed for extended maceration. After about 40 days after picking, the grapes were pressed and the wine barreled using five favorite coopers. The wine remained unracked for 19 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Shy, but pleasing aromas of black cherry and toasty coconut. Very polished in the mouth, with a mid weight plus charge of purple and black fruits along with an appealing mushroom earthiness. A bit rugged and daunting at this stage with husky, chewy tannins and a prominent oak frame. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine was unchanged. This wine will need a few years in the cellar to reach its full appeal. Score: 91-92. Reviewed May 3, 2019

Winery: Talisman
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