November 1, 2019
The Prince Departs

2015 Talisman Destein Estate Bennett Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.64, TA 0.58, 50 cases, $N/A. Vineyard is located in Jamison Valley at the east end of the Bennett Valley AVA. It is subject the cool air flowing through the Petaluma Gap. Soils are scanty, non-vigorous. Dijon 777 clone. Yields 2.0 tons per acre. Ambient fermentation with 25% whole cluster. After a week-long fermentation, the fermenter was sealed for extended maceration. About 40 days after picking, the must was pressed and the wine barreled to five different coopers. The wine remained unracked for 21 months in 50% new French oak. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Very pleasant aromas of dark cherry and baking spices draw you into the glass. Instantly gratifying, with a mid weight core of delicious black cherry and black raspberry fruit flavors that are expansive in the mouth. Terrific harmony, with a silky, refined mouthfeel and a very long finish that exhibits a peacock tail of black cherry goodness. Flat-out terrific. Score: 94. Reviewed May 3, 2019

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