August 27, 2019
The Prince Departs

2013 Bailiwick Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.66, TA 0.56, 470 cases, $36. A blend of grapes from Chileno, Kendric, Juui and Silver Pines vineyards. Clones are 115, 667, 777, Swan and Pommard. Portions of the Kendric and Silver Pines grapes went in as whole clusters. 4-day cold soak, two lots were inoculated with two yeast strains and one lot continued on ambient yeasts. A several week post-fermentation maceration was followed by aging for 17 months in 100% French oak barrels, 37% new. · Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Aromas of cherry, sea breeze, spice and seasoned oak. A silky core of cherry fruit is quite inviting on the mid palate. This wine is blessed with modest tannins and a pleasing elegance, finishing with a candied cherry theme and a slight tug of oak. More aromatic and expressive the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 90. Reviewed November 5, 2015

Winery: Bailiwick Wines
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