Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2012 Merlot (Golden Mile Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC
Availability: Direct from winery here, BCLDB and VQA stores
Production: 7790 cases
Date Tasted: September 30th, 2014
Tasting Notes: A beautiful, berry'n'herb infused wine from the warm 2012 vintage which should rekindle your secret, repressed flame for easy-drinking Merlot (deep-down, you know you love to drink it). Sweet blackberry, black currant, vanilla bean, wild sage, cooking spice, lavender and lemon-thyme aromas grace the approachable nose.
The palate has good continuity from the nose with more focus on the berry fruit characters whilst integrating fine contributions from barrel and bottle ageing and finishing with a mouth-watering kick of fresh berry acidity. Overall balance skews slightly hot with nearly 15% residual alcohol to try and corral, a tall task for a medium-plus bodied wine. Ready to go now and will hold for another 2-3 years. Drink now-2016.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2014 IconWines.ca