Absolutely love this Cab Franc. It's an all around good drinking wine, but a perfect sipper with a good sharp cheese. And it's a great price too.
A tarry, somewhat closed cooked blackberry nose. Good varietal color and more opaque than many cheaper offerings from the Loire Valley in France. Some leather and tobacco upon entry with mild tannins. Medium finish. None of the medicinal properties in the taste profile one often notices in this grape. Not much complexity to write home about, but soundly made and reasonably balanced. A bit thin mid-palate.
needs to mature for a couple years
Another fine effort from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. Hints of oak with chocolate and berry flavours. Beautiful colour. Good tannins and nice crispness make this an enjoyable wine. Nice blackberry and raspberry on the palate. 87
Very nice medium-bodied red with a little dry spice on the finish.
External Reviews for Tinhorn Creek Cabernet Franc Okanagan Valley Vqa
Tinhorn Creek planted its Diamondback Vineyard on Black Sage Road in between 1994 and 1997. In choosing Bordeaux varieties, the winery picked Merlot and Cabernet Franc, shying away from Cabernet Sauvignon, thought to be too late a ripener. It turns out that Cabernet Franc tends to hibernate during the intense heat of the south Okanagan, ripening just as late as Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes for this wine in the famously hot 2003 vintage were picked between October 4 and October 22 and the average ripeness was 25 Brix, enough for a bold 14.5% alcohol.Tinhorn Creek has made Cabernet Franc one of its most reliable red varietals, although in 2005, it converted two of its 20 acres of this variety to Cabernet Sauvignon. The winemaking is straight forward: The crushed grapes, after three days of cold soak, are fermented to dryness, settled for a month or two and then aged for 11 months in two- to four-year-old French and American oak barrels. Upon its release at the end of September, 2006, this wine had the benefit of 15 months in bottles with screw cap closures.This Cab Franc, of which 3,974 cases have been released, has aromas of black cherries and flavours of currants and cherries. The chewy ripe tannins give a firm texture and the structure to cellar well for several more years. 85 points.