Tantalus Old Vines Riesling, 2011


006Bone dry. Stunningly layered, crisp to the point of crackle, acid to the point of piquant, lusciously long finish. Really delectable and not typically Riesling by any stretch. Again, a wonderful bottle from Tantalus. Their approachable entry level (somewhat hard to find) Riesling has, I might add, a more flexible character, whether for sipping or alongside meals, but this stellar concoction deserves all the praise it has garnered. Except for this: It’s $35. That’s a lot of coin. I have to look at what $35 gets you nowadays and I gotta say it seems every time a BC wine wins accolades the price gets jacked. Look at Sandhill. And on price, on price alone, I’m consigning this to my veto list. But for the Vancouverites in west side gazillion dollar fixer uppers and on the 14 month waiting period for a Range Rover, this is definitely one for the cellar. Or for now. Get a case.

 

Price: Aforementioned.  At some VQA stores.

 

Market Liquidity: Liquid gold at a hefty price.

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