August 27, 2019
The Prince Departs

2012 Talisman Rancho Estrella Vineyard Napa Valley Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., pH 3.75, TA 0.58, 72 cases, $48. Release August 8, 2015. The vineyard, planted in 2006, is located at 600 feet elevation at the southern end of the Napa Valley. Pommard and Dijon clones 115 and “828.” 25% whole cluster in the bottom of the fermenters. Native yeast primary fermentation and native bacteria malolactic fermentation. Extended maceration followed by racking into new (33%) and once-used French oak barrels and aged for 21 months. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Saucy aromas of black cherry and peppery spices lead to a delectable core of earthy black cherry and black raspberry fruits accented by a spicy tang and framed by supportive fine-grain tannins. The fruit really sings in this wine which finishes with uncommon persistence and a hint of alcoholic warmth. Score: 92. Reviewed November 5, 2015

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