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Tantalus Vineyards Maija Pinot Noir
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Tantalus Vineyards Maija Pinot Noir 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaMaija, named for Tantalus' owner Eric Savics' daughter (although there are a couple other prominent females at the winery with the same name, albeit with different spellings) used to fall under the Juveniles Pinot Noir label. The wine has now graduated, and earned its own striking Dempsey Bob mask on the label. Younger estate Dijon plantings plus fruit from a neighbouring south east Kelowna vineyard were native fermented, then into French oak (20 percent new) for 11 months prior to blending and bottling. This is a lovely charming and graceful style, with slicked wild raspberry, plum some dusty cardamom spicing, and a siding of leather. Very youthful and tight, drinking well now and with energy to carry for short term.Tasted: 25 October 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 21.75 winery direct Producer: Tantalus VineyardsDistributors: The Wine Syndicate
Varietal: Pinot Noir