November 1, 2019
The Prince Departs

2015 Talisman Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.59, TA 0.56, 174 cases, $60. This vineyard is situated high (750 feet) on the southern flank of the mountain range defining the western edge of Sonoma Valley. Soils are well-drained volcanic and rocky. The vineyard was established in 1998 by Nancy and Tom Lilly with their partner, noted vintner Steve MacRostie. Clones are Pommard and Dijon 115 and 777. Yield 2.6 tons per acre. Ambient fermentation with 25% whole cluster. Fermentation went to completion in a week and then the fermenter was sealed for extended maceration. After 40 days, the fermenter tank was drained, the remaining grapes pressed, and the wine was sent to oak barrels from five coopers. The wine was aged 21 months unracked in 57% new French oak. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Inviting aromas of purple berry, underbrush and toasty oak. The earth-kissed core of boysenberry, blackberry and purple grape fruits have excellent juiciness and vigor. The tannins are well matched, there is righteous acidity and a modest but pleasant finish. Score: 93. Reviewed May 3, 2019

Winery: Talisman
From article: A Trio Of Pinot Noir Maestros