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Tantalus Pinot Noir Reserve 2019

East Kelowna Slopes, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaTantalus first released this Reserve wine in 2016. It is based on 18 mid-slope rows of 667 clones in their home vineyard, and a small selection of stand-out Clones 37 and 777. Both the similarities to and the differences from the estate pinot noir are at play in the flavours here. The baseline fruit density, forest floor earthiness, and darker berries are all here, but the Reserve is like the perfected copy. It's more elaborate, more affluent, livelier, and structured. On the nose, Morello cherry, loganberry, mulberry, and wet undergrowth lead to authoritative silky cherry and berry. The fruit profiles differ, but it has the balanced, deeper intensity of some Oregon pinots. The finish trails on and on. It is still formative and should develop for at least 3-5 years. This was 50% whole bunch fermentation, with 15 months in 40% new French barriques, and foot trodden.Tasted: 14 November 2023Tasted by: Prices:
BC$65.22750mlwinery online/direct
Producer: Tantalus VineyardsDistributors: The Wine Syndicate
Grape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 119589UPC: 626990189978