Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2011 Oldfield Series 2Bench Red (Golden Mile Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC
Availability: Direct from winery here and VQA wine shops
Production: 1446 cases
Date Tasted: October 30th, 2014
Tasting Notes: An always pleasing blend of Bordeaux varietals with the new edition consisting of 39% Cabernet Franc, 35% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot, delivering the winery's signature sweet tobacco and blackberry aromas complimented by lifted floral and light spice notes on the nose.
The (technically) dry palate has just a whisper of residual sugar adding a little weight to the juicy, mixed berry fruit, herbs and spicy plum flavours, while mouth watering wild berry acidity and fine, smoky tannins add texture.
The long, cool growing season of 2011, paired with Tinhorn's patient élevage program, (barrel fermented and aged in French oak for 18 months and then aged a further 16 months in bottle prior to release) has produce a complex, yet, approachable, drink-now style of Meritage that should appeal to wine veterans and newbies alike. Drink now-2018.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2014 IconWines.ca