Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2007 Oldfield Series Merlot - 88pts

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2007 Oldfield Series Merlot (Golden Mile Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery. Released in October
Cost: $24.99
Alcohol: 15%
Production: 1492 cases
Date Tasted: September

Tasting Notes: The Oldfield Series Merlot has a stunning nose of dark berries, cherry, slate, gravel, savoury herbs and coffee with big oak and vanilla latte notes. The palate offers well structured, smooth and slightly green tannins with classic dark fruit flavours. The texture is first juicy and up front and then chalky and mischievous. Patient decanting will help bring out more layers of complexity revealing more earthy notes along with French oak and bitter chocolate flavours. A full bodied wine with good concentration. Balance leans towards hot alcohol with a touch of lingering spice. Excellent pairing for dark chocolate or enjoy on its own. Drink now through 2014.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2010 (with Hugh Carter)

As a test to discover your level of wine geekness, read the following suggestion. Should you act upon it, then you are definitely one of us:) Buy a bottle of the Oldfield Series 2007 Merlot and a bottle of the regular 2008 Merlot and taste them side-by-side. Yes, they are different vintages with all the climatic variables one would expect, but the main thing you'll likely get is the difference the oak program and barrel selection has made in the final product. Decide for yourself which approach you prefer.

Also see:
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2008 Merlot
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Franc
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2007 Oldfield Series Syrah
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2007 Oldfield Series 2Bench Red

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