Tucked away in a magical valley is a unique plateau at 1100’ elevation, on the north flank of Sonoma Mountain. Jim Scopa and Anne Kenner have called this bucolic spot (a former nudist colony) their home since 2004. The calming, peaceful energy is palpable and beckons, where one feels embraced by Sonoma Mountain. Gus (short for Argos) and his companion Cosmo are a couple of the luckiest dogs around. They reign over this beautiful property; another Talisman vineyard named after a wonderful dog. The combination of high elevation and well-drained Goulding loamy soil make this a great location for Pinot Noir, where fog and cool air flowing from the chilly Pacific through the Petaluma Gap seep into the upper reaches of Sonoma Mountain. Grapes on this site ripen very slowly, providing perfect conditions for complete and complex flavor development.
The volcanic Sonoma mountain soil really shines through in this minerally beauty… along with graphite, black plum, white pepper, marionberry and a whisper of black licorice. It’s masculine, taut and structured yet sports a lovely floral character. Then comes a rush of blueberry, blackberry, orange peel, cranberry and dusty road. The palate is dark, deep, juicy and mouthwatering with ripe fruit, wet slate, sun-dried cherries and black pepper. There’s a lot going on in this wine!
|Barrel Aging||20 months|