November 1, 2019
The Prince Departs

2015 Talisman Huckleberry’s Vineyard Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.73, TA 0.68, 74 cases, $65. Close-spaced vineyard is planted in Goldridge soils and managed entirely by hand by Bill and Lauren Hipp. Dijon 115, 667, 777 and “828.” Yield 2.2 tons per acre. Ambient fermentation with 25% whole cluster lasted one week. The tank was then sealed and extended maceration performed. After about 40 days, the fermenter was drained, the remaining grapes pressed, and the wine was barreled using oak from five coopers. The wine remained unracked for 21 months of aging in 50% new French oak. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Brooding aromas of purple berries lead to a big boy wine with a charge of purple and black fruits that floods the mouth with goodness and generosity. Beautifully crafted and very charming, with impeccable balance, deftly managed oak, and a lengthy finish. More appealing when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle when the aromatics really came alive. Score: 94. Reviewed May 3, 2019

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