Talisman is completely focused on (obsessed with?) Pinot Noir; very small lots of single vineyard Pinot Noirs. Lovingly crafted expressions of different vineyards mostly in Sonoma County; one in Napa County and one in Mendocino county. They partner with their growers, a much more personal relationship than just “buying grapes”. They have specific blocks (or rows) that they source from, work together on, make farming and picking decisions together, and craft exquisite wines from their grapes. They vinify and age their Pinots virtually identically to showcase the vineyard site; elevation, soil type, age of vines, weather that year, etc. It’s a fascinating comparison of Pinot personalities!
Production: 314 cases
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Barrel Aging: 19 months 54% New French oak
Tasting notes: Pinot noirs are always fascinating from Wildcat Mountain! At once bright, minerally, edgy and rich. With unique aromas and flavors of cedar, strawberry jam, clay, black tea, rose hips, red fruits, balsamic and even a hint of jalapeno. The texture is graceful and lingers on seemingly forever with accents of coffee, tobacco, black raspberry and dark plum… divine.