“While many Vancouverites admire Kelowna’s Tantalus Vineyards for its illustrious Rieslings, it’s a limited-edition Pinot Noir that should soon be the talk of the town. Tantalus Clone 93 Pinot Noir 2012 is as soft and charming as one hopes a Pinot will be, but mingling with perfumed, plummy fruit is a dimension-leaping touch of savoury character reminiscent of sun-dried tomatoes and herbs. A quaffable, juicy outing from a Pinot clone that’s more common in Germany—Spätburgunder, they call it.
The local vines planted way back in 1985 have obviously made themselves at home. When the rain starts falling, simmer some stew and pull the cork on this one.”