November 1, 2019
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2012 Talisman Badger Black Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.68, TA 0.63, 96 cases, $75. Released July 1, 2015. This vineyard is located on a wind-blown ridge west of the town of Petaluma. Planted to a suitcase clone in 2001 at 600 feet elevation in Steinbeck loam soil. UCD clone 90. Yield 2.1 tons per acre. 30% whole cluster. Native fermentation, and extended post-fermentation maceration. Aged 21 months in 100% French oak barrels, 50% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is very reserved but with coaxing, aromas of dried herbs, stem and mushrooms on the grill appear. The flavors are similarly savory with notes of herbs and earth highlighting the black cherry and black raspberry fruit. The tannins are muscular but not imposing and more integrated the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. This rustic wine has very little fruit personality now, and time will be needed for full fruit expression and reduction of the tannic edge. Score: 88-89. Reviewed August 18, 2015

Winery: Talisman
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