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Tantalus Pinot Noir Reserve
91POINTS
16¾/20

Tantalus Pinot Noir Reserve 2016

East Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis is Tantalus' second release of their Reserve Pinot Noir, its nobility noted by the striking gold Dempsey Bob mask on the label, as well as the black wax seal. Like the inaugural vintage, this was based on the small estate mid-slope block of Dijon 667, but also includes 2006 plantings of 777 and 115. The grapes were native fermented and foot trodden, and between 30-40 percent whole bunch, depending on clone. The blend spent 16 months in French oak (30 percent new) before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Dusky plum, dark raspberry, brambles, wild blackberry, sarsaparilla pack an earthy, full-bodied palate, very grippy on the sides with long, cedar laced tannins to a savoury finish. Ripe and structured, this impactful pinot is nearly too much wine for a pinot (14.3 declared degrees), though will most certainly mellow with cellaring. For now, a decant and match with duck would be glorious.Tasted: 02 May 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 60.95 winery direct Producer: Tantalus VineyardsDistributors: The Wine Syndicate
Grape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 119589UPC: 626990189978