August 27, 2019
The Prince Departs

2015 Talisman Weir Vineyard Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.67, TA 0.56, 273 cases, $70. The 15-acre vineyard, situated at 850 to 1000 feet elevation, was planted in 1992. The topsoil is thin, limiting vine growth and vigor. Clones 2A, Pommard, a Rochioli selection, and a Romanee-Conti selection. Ambient fermentation using 25% whole cluster. After fermentation was completed in a week, the tank was sealed for an extended maceration. About 40 days after picking, the tank was drained and remaining grapes pressed and sent to barrels made by five coopers. Aging was 19 months in 55% new French oak. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Very engaging nose that offers scents of cherry, raspberry, spice and fertile soil. Light to mid weight in extraction, offering an array of red fruits accented with baking spices. The oak is adroitly integrated, the gossamer tannins make for easy enjoyment, and the red cherry/red licorice finish leaves a smile behind. Score: 93. Reviewed May 3, 2019

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