Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2009 Merlot - 87+pts

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2009 Merlot (Golden Mile Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here and BCLDB stores
Cost: $18.99
Alcohol: 14.8%
Date Tasted: September 17th, 2010

Tasting Notes: The bread and butter of the Golden Mile Bench producer is well-made, crowd-pleasing, food-friendly white and red varietal wines that show good typicity for the grape. The 2009 Merlot fits this model to a tee with an extra dose of vintage-specificity. The hot, intense summer of 2009 cooked the red grapes nicely upping the concentration on the nose, palate and in the colour. This inky-ruby hued wine has plenty of delicious, ripe dark fruit matched with thick, savoury dark chocolate, spice and oak characters. A near perfect pairing for Lindt's Dark Chocolate with Chili bar.

Acidity and tannin levels seem higher than previous vintages adding a bit of extra umph to the finished wine and some extra longevity for those of you buying by the case.  Enjoy this wine in its youth or with moderate aging. Drink now-2014.
 -  Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011 IconWines.ca