Talisman Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Red Wine

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Talisman Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Yorkville Highlands, CA

93 pts. Prince of Pinot: "The tannins are silky, the oak is perfectly integrated, and the overall impression of this charming wine is elegance."

Another beautiful Pinot Noir from Talisman, whose motto is "All Pinot All the Time!"

Ever heard of Romanee-Conti, the vineyard in France whose grapes are found in the most expensive wine in the world? How about the famous Rochioli vineyard in the Russian River Valley, California? Well, both of these Pinot Noir grapevine clones are planted in the Weir Vineyard in Mendocino County, California, so it's no wonder this wine is so amazing!

Serve this wine in a large wine glass, swirl, smell, and you will be rewarded with such wonderful aromas such as wet rainforest, rose petals, cherry, and spice. It is packed with complex flavors we all love in a great Pinot. The finish is very long and leaves you with a big smile on your face. 

Winemaker notes:

Planted in 1992, the Weir Vineyard is our most far-flung vineyard. Located in the Yorkville Highlands between Cloverdale and Mendocino, the vineyard’s elevation (850’-1000’) and aspect place it squarely in the path of cold air flowing in from the Mendocino coast, a mere 17 miles away. The 15 acre vineyard incorporates several soil types, including gravels, highly fractured rock and old sandstone. The topsoil is thin, limiting vine growth and vigor, while promoting concentration in the resulting wines.

It’s difficult to write about perfection, so our summary of the 2012 vintage is just that – a summary (about Goldilocks). The entire vintage was just right – not too hot and not too cold. There was no rain until after the last grapes were picked and we never saw the heat spikes that normally punctuate harvest. Perfect!

As usual, most of the hard work of chasing perfection occurred in the vineyard, so our efforts in the winery were minimal. We picked September 28, sorted the fruit, used 25% whole cluster, native (although I prefer the term “feral”) yeast and malolactic fermentations, lots of manual punchdowns, and extended maceration. We used barrels from all five of our favorite coopers to help create complexity: Marcel Cadet, Remond, Francois Freres, Dargaud et Jaegle, and Rousseau.

Tasting Notes:

This is an extraordinarily pretty, full, and complex wine with aromas in flavors in complete harmony. The fruit is primarily zingy berry and intense Santa Rosa plums. The texture, so important in Pinot noir, is quite round and graceful, framed by great structured depth from ripe tannins. The finish is quite persistent. Better to taste and enjoy the wine than read the words!


Vineyard planted in: 1992

pH: 3.75, Vine spacing: 6’ x 8’, Titratable acidity: 6.5 g/L, Vine density: 908 vines per acre

Alcohol: 14.5 % by volume

Clones/selections: 2A, Pommard, Romanée-Conti, Rochioli

Yield: 2.7 tons of grapes per acre, Rootstock: 5C, Barrel aging: 21 months, 64% new French oak

268 cases produced

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