Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2012 Oldfield Series 2Bench Red (Golden Mile Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC
Availability: Direct from winery here and VQA wine shops
Production: 1683 cases
Date Tasted: September 29th, 2015
Tasting Notes: A consistently excellent wine that tends to peak in warmer vintages where higher percentages of fully ripened Cabernet Sauvignon are included in the final blend. Following a Left Bank recipe of 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2012 edition flexes its Cab Sauv backbone on the cassis and dry herbs-infused nose and the well-structured, dry palate that boasts fine, smoky tannins, effortless, firm acidity, sexy, dark fruit flavours and sensual, savoury notes like mocha, tobacco and spices.
18 months spent in French barrels, prior to bottling, has contributed welcomed slashes of vanilla cream and toasted oak to both the nose and palate. The finish is long and satisfying with lingering mint and spice flavours.
Has the balance and core attributes to cellar well with further development likely, though, 15 months of bottle age has already done wonders making the wine ready to go now. Should you choose to be patient, look for a magical peak around the 7th or 8th year Drink now, or 2018-2020.
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