November 1, 2019
The Prince Departs

2013 Bailiwick Silver Pines Vineyard Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.78, TA 0.56, 100 cases, $44. This vineyard is located at 900 feet elevation overlooking nearby Bennett Valley on the northwestern flank of Sonoma Mountain. This wine is crafted from clone 115 planted in 2000 in volcanic soils that limit yields. 30% whole cluster. 4-day cold soak, a different yeast added to each fermenter, and macerated on the skins for several weeks post-fermentation. A selection of barrels was aged 17 months in 100% French oak barrels, 34% new. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The most expressive nose in this lineup upon opening, offering hi-tone scents of cherry, strawberry, rose petal and sous-bois. Seductive harmony on the palate, offering mid weight flavors of earthy red fruits embellished with a measured touch of oak. Very elegant and silky, with a modest red fruited finish. Score: 90. Reviewed November 5, 2015

Winery: Bailiwick Wines
From article: Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir: The Bar Keeps Moving Higher