Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2009 Oldfield Series 2Bench White - 89pts

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2009 Oldfield Series 2Bench White (Golden Mile Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: BCLDB and VQA stores.
Cost: $22.99
Alcohol: 14.4%
Production: 1331 cases
Date Tasted: June 6th, 2010

Tasting Notes: Given time to open-up (and warm-up - don't serve this gem too cold) the nose blooms, offering aromatic and perfumed aromas  of blossoms, ripe pears, apricots, minerals and roasted mellons. The Sauvignon Blanc is evident with typical notes of grass and gooseberry. The palate is round yet crisp and has great acidity with pear and minerality continuing from the nose. The complexity is evident with further expressions of green apple and light lemon. The finish is long.  

This 2Bench White has a surprisingly high level of alcohol at 14.4% but the fruit concentration and complexity make it a non-issue. Overall this wine is complex and refreshing with fantastic minerality as one might expect from an estate grown Chardonnay driven blend. There is a lot going on in this wine.  A great pairing would be asian cuisine with shellfish. This will be on the regular play list for the summer. Drink now through 2014.
 - Hugh Carter

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