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Rathjen Cellars Pinot Noirtext
91POINTS
16¾/20

Rathjen Cellars Pinot Noir 2018

Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, CanadaEntirely from Cowichan Valley’s Saison Vineyard’s southern sloping, deep rocky soils, this pinot blends clones 115, 667, 777, 828, all dry farmed since planting in 2009. After crushing / destemming, this cold soaked for 48 hours before a native ferment in open top neutral French puncheons, with twice daily punchdowns for a week. This remained in barrels for two years before bottling without fining or filtration, evident through the slight haze in the glass. Textural and finessed, this medium (12.7%) bodied pinot graces the palate with wild plum, fragrant black cherry, wild black raspberry, housed with long, lithe tannins to a softly spiced finish. This gentle red is drinking beautifully now.Tasted: 19 May 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 40.00 winery direct Producer: Rathjen CellarsDistributors: Winery Direct
Grape: Pinot NoirUPC: 626990316060