Tantalus, Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley VQA, Kelowna, BC, 2010, 13.4% abv

tantalusChristmas is fast approaching and I always love to have a Pinot alongside the turkey and cranberry sauce.  Gamay wines, Pinot Noirs and even Cab Francs go swell with holiday bird.  They’re light enough and the tannins are subtle to mimic the sauces and reflect well upon the root veggies.

This version of Pinot Noir as per Tantalus is a medium ruby shade turning to garnet along the rim with quick, little legs.  The aromas are youthful and show medium dark cherry, ripe strawberry, pomegranate and a light green moss with some clove accents.

The palate is dry with medium acidity and medium ripe, silky tannins with the lightest grip.  The alcohol is medium and indiscernible with an average body and mouthfeel.  The flavours include more of the promise from the nose – ripe red fruit – and evolves into light leather, leaf, cedar frond.  Capped with a lengthy finish.

The moss note is one that I often find in red BC wines.  Still young and with lots of life yet – WSET Very Good; drink now or hold for up 3-5 more years.  Evolving complexity and layers will appear over time.

Well, what wine will you enjoy with your holidays?

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