August 27, 2019
The Prince Departs

2012 Bailiwick Silver Pines Vineyard Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.68, TA 0.60, 325 cases, $38. This vineyard was planted by owners Norma and Carole Silverman in 2000. It overlooks Bennett Valley at an elevation of 900 feet. Volcanic, low vigor soils. Clone 115. Aged 17 months in French oak barrels, 36% new. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. This wine is a nice contrast to the Londer Vineyard bottling. It is more full-bodied, more rustic and more tannic, and takes more time to open in the glass, yet it is almost equally satisfying. Black cherry is the aromatic and flavor theme, persisting through a very lengthy and mildly astringent finish. Bright acidity lifts the wine’s fruit load. I would decant or wait another year or two for this one to be fully committed, but its hard to complain now. Score: 93. Reviewed June 14, 2015

Winery: Bailiwick Wines
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted White Wines