November 1, 2019
The Prince Departs

2015 Talisman Gunsalus Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.63, TA 0.56, 196 cases, $58. The first harvest of this vintage (August 27). Dijon clones 114, 115, 667 and 777. Yield 2.1 tons per acre. Ambient fermentation using 30% whole cluster. After a cold soak, fermentation lasted 14 days after which the fermenter was sealed for an extended maceration. 38 days after picking, the tank was drained, the remaining grapes pressed, and the wine sent to barrel from five coopers. The wine remained unracked for 19 months aging in 50% new French oak. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. This is a typical red-fruited bottling from this vineyard. Aromas of well-spiced, dark red cherry lead to a mid weight cherry bombast essence accented with flavors of cola, spice and mocha. Forward-drinking, with a slick texture, merged tannins, and a long, cherry-fueled finish. Score: 93. Reviewed May 3, 2019

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