November 1, 2019
The Prince Departs

2011 Talisman Huckleberry’s Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 73 cases, $60. Release January 2015. From a 1/2-acre vineyard in West Sonoma County owned and hand-tended by Bill and Lauren Hipp. The vineyard is named after their dog Huckleberry. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The aromas leap out of the glass upon opening and fill the room with scents of black cherry sauce, raspberry jam and nutmeg. The attack of black cherry fruit on the mid palate is stunning, but there is much more to discover in this special wine. Look for Moroccan spices, savory herbs, red licorice, and earthiness. Mid to fullbodied with a suave texture and a finish that makes you shake your head in wonderment. The wine was still pumping the aromatic and flavor goodness the following day from a previous opened and re-corked bottle. As good as this wine is now, it will reward further cellaring because the balance is spot-on. Score: 93. Reviewed October 21, 2014

Winery: Talisman
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