Had a Glass: 2004 Tantalus Vineyards Blanc de Noir

Source: http://www.tantalus.ca

Vintage: 2004
Producer: Tantalus Vineyards
Variety: Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier
Designation: Blanc de Noir
Region: Canada
Sub-region: British Columbia, Okanagan
ABV: 13.9%
Price: $25 (winery), $29 (Marquis), $30 (EWine),

He says: This is a “wine geek’s” wine, and all credit to Luke (@winecountrybc) who used that descriptor when we discussed this bottle. I completely agree because you will spend more time analyzing everything going on in the glass than actually wanting to drink it! Tons of autolytic character, with very ripe fruit on the initial/mid palate, and a long finish with a tad too much alcohol. It lacks the brightness/crispness one expects when drinking bubbly. It’s interesting, and intriguing, but not a bottle I’ll be rushing to drink again.

She says: This is definitely a bottle of bubbly that made me go ‘Hmmm’ more than ‘Mmmm’. Very interesting flavours ranging from pear to caramel and biscuit. This is quite a rich wine that may be better suited to food than as an apéritif. What can I say, I prefer a little more fruit and fresh acidity in my bubbly!

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med orange-gold, bubbles
Smells like: Clean, fully developed, med+ intensity, sweet apple, sweet ripe pear, nutty, yeast, biscuit, toast, autolytic aromas
Tastes like: Off-Dry, med+ acidity, med body, med+ intensity, pear, hints of raisin, nutty, yeasty, med+ tannin, med+ alcohol, long finish
Summary: Good, Ready to Drink/Drink now

2 comments to Had a Glass: 2004 Tantalus Vineyards Blanc de Noir

  • I had this Blanc de Noir for New Year’s and quite liked it, but I would say that I do prefer a dryer style sparkling wine. I agree with the ‘Hmmm’ comment. I couldn’t quite pinpoint a lot of things in this wine. It’s definitely interesting. I’ll give it that! I love the he said/she said review format by the way!

    • WCVR

      Thanks for compliment. It’s always good to have multiple takes on a wine, as everyone tastes wine differently. As for the bottle in question, ‘interesting’ is very polite. If one were being more critical, you could even say ‘unbalanced’ or maybe ‘past it’.

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