Like many Carneros wineries, Talisman Cellars is known for Pinot Noir. Talisman has a particularly impressive track record with this finicky varietal.
Founders Scott and Marta Rich both grew up around wine and have made it their life passion. Scott has an Enology degree from UC Davis as well as decades of experience in the industry. He formerly worked as a winemaker for Tony Soter at Etude.
Instead altering things during the winemaking process, Scott lets the grapes dictate the flavor of each wine. Marta balances out this equation, mainly focusing on the business end Scott’s Pinot production.
Talisman produces 8 Pinot Noirs. Each is from a different vineyard with a distinctive climate and terrain. A few hundred cases of each wine are made annually. A recent review called their Sonoma Coast Thorn Vineyard Pinot Noir, “…very well balanced…with an absolutely velvety finish.”
The Ted’s Vineyard Russian River Pinot Noir is made from grapes grown on Dijon, Pommard, and Swan clones. The soil is a combination of sand and silt. It drains sufficiently, but is dense enough to give this Pinot considerable depth. It was aged in French oak for 18 months.