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MAIJA PINOT NOIR 2018 BC VQA Okanagan Valley
Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer TANTALUS
VINTAGES ONLINE EXCLUSIVE - Ordered on morning March 17 but only shipped by the LCBO on March 23 and finally delivered March 28. This attractive, still fresh, bright 2018 Dijon clone Pinot Noir has a medium-deep bright purple-red colour with gently spicy, fresh, ripe, raspberry-crancherry fruit along with some mineral notes and gentle hints of toast. Dry, medium bodied, bright, fresh, ripe, red cherry purée flavours with some gently tangy, minerally notes on the lingering finish. Fermented on native yeast and aged in French barriques for 11 months (20% new), it has 13.9% alcohol and 2 g/L residual sugar with a screwcap closure. It was bargain-priced at the winery when first released at only $21.74 and is a pleasure to drink today. CSPC 133793
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Nic Pea
Country Canada
Region British Columbia
Rating ***(90 points)
Bright, Ripe, Fresh, Crancherry
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
TASTING NOTE: From younger blocks on the estate in East Kelowna this was wild fermented and aged 12 months in neutral oak. It doesn't have the depth of more expensive examples but it is quite complex and surprisingly elegant. The nose [is] quite fragrant with well meshed red cherry fruit, florals, spice and forest floor complexity. It is mid-weight, quite gentled finely textured with shrubby, dusty tannin. Could perhaps use one more year of bottle age, but fine [to] drink now as well. Very good length. Score - 90 (David Lawrason, winealign.com, May 8, 2020) Price $ 34.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - March 19, 2022
Cases bought 24 (12 bottles per case)

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