November 1, 2019
The Prince Departs

2013 Bailiwick Foray Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.60, TA 0.58, 148 cases, $44. Swan and Pommard clones. Vineyard source is Juui Vineyard located in the Green Valley of Russian River Valley. Goldridge sandy loam soil. Pommard and Swan clones. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, proprietary yeast fermentation, 2 week post-fermentation maceration. Aged 17 months in 100% French oak barrels, 33% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Rather shy nose offering demure aromas of ripe cherry and cardamom spice with a hint of aged oak. An easy to like wine with a juicy deeply flavored cherry core accented with hints of cola and clove spice. The tannins are balanced, the mouthfeel is plush and saucy and the finish is filled with bombastic cherry goodness. Pommard and Swan makes for a very compatible marriage. Considerably more enjoyable when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 91. Reviewed November 5, 2015

Winery: Bailiwick Wines
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