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Tinhorn Creek Cabernet Franc Okanagan Valley Vqa 2008

Member Review by HotPotato:

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.

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Tinhorn Creek Vineyards:
On a hillside overlooking vineyards, sagebrush, and the old gold mining creek that is its namesake, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards has been owned and operated by the Shaunessy and Oldfield families since 1993. The winery is located south of Oliver, BC, at the junction of Highway 97 and Road 7 in the famed Golden Mile wine-growing district. This area, named for its rich history of farming that dates ba... Read more
On a hillside overlooking vineyards, sagebrush, and the old gold mining creek that is its namesake, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards has been owned and operated by the Shaunessy and Oldfield families since 1993. The winery is located south of Oliver, BC, at the junction of Highway 97 and Road 7 in the famed Golden Mile wine-growing district. This area, named for its rich history of farming that dates back to the early 1900s, is home to several quality wine producers. Tinhorn Creek sources fruit exclusively from its own vineyards: 150 acres of prime land on two very distinct benches. This land lends to the creation of terroir-driven wines that are classic illustrations of the place they are grown. The 100-acre Diamondback Vineyard on the Black Sage Bench is planted with a mix of red and white varieties, primarily Pinot Gris, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The 50-acre Tinhorn Creek Vineyard on the Golden Mile Bench is also planted with a mix of red and white grapes, but primarily features Gewürztraminer. Farming their own vineyards using sustainable practices allows Tinhorn Creek full control over the quality of fruit delivered to the crush pad for each vintage. The winery produces wines in two tiers under one dynamic and compelling label. The single-varietal series includes a Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Merlot. Only worthy wines are selected each year for the winery’s top tier, winemaker Sandra Oldfield’s signature wines, named the Oldfield Series. This tier provides Oldfield with a playground for experimentation and is a creative showcase for the best wines from each vintage. All Tinhorn Creek wines evoke the unique terroir of the region: the sage-covered desert terrain. Read less

Member Reviews for Tinhorn Creek Cabernet Franc Okanagan Valley Vqa

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Snooth User: HotPotato
3643255
3.50 5
01/26/2010

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.


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593863,866
2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 11/21/2009

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.


Snooth User: rtensen
27042728
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 10/14/2009

needs to mature for a couple years


Snooth User: DTS
8208129
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 12/21/2008

Three glasses


Snooth User: Evil Homer
33417196
3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 10/27/2007

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


Snooth User: Troutfish
75946108
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 06/23/2008

Very nice medium-bodied red with a little dry spice on the finish.


Snooth User: jocdan
16561311
0.00 5
Vintage: 2004 04/15/2009

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External Reviews for Tinhorn Creek Cabernet Franc Okanagan Valley Vqa

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Vintage: 2003 10/16/2008

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.



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