Tinhorn Creek Pinot Noir Okanagan Valley Vqa 2007

Member Review by The Wine Teacher:

Ruby red in colour with a medium light intensity. Earth, cherry and spice on the lightly oaked nose. Well balanced with medium body. Some pleasing flavours on the palate and a medium short finish.

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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 Pinot Noir Okanagan Valley Vqa

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Snooth User: The Wine Teacher
270519201
0.00 5
Vintage: 2006 06/06/2010

Ruby red in colour with a medium light intensity. Earth, cherry and spice on the lightly oaked nose. Well balanced with medium body. Some pleasing flavours on the palate and a medium short finish.


Snooth User: hsyee
11652324
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/09/2010

Cherry-like aroma and subtle taste, lightly spicy, with near-medium body. Aftertaste is short and a little oaky I suppose. It is ok as a sipping wine, but very good with cheese and crackers. Good value.


Snooth User: Jarenne Smyth
2200764
1.00 5
Vintage: 2006 07/22/2009

I thought this was a very weak wine...the colour, the taste...all aspects left me wanting. I did not even finish the bottle.


Snooth User: Jenobi
13449347
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 03/17/2009

Three glasses


Snooth User: Heathen83
127203402
2.50 5
Vintage: 1999 02/17/2009

decent, bottle I had I don't think was stored well.


External Reviews for Tinhorn Creek Pinot Noir Okanagan Valley Vqa

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Vintage: 2004 10/16/2008

In spite of the Pinot Noir hype flowing from the movie, Sideways, Tinhorn Creek reduced its output of Pinot Noir in 2004 to 3,365 cases. As recently as 2002, the winery made 8,867 cases of the same variety. Tinhorn Creek’s Diamondback Vineyard on sandy Black Sage Road is one of the south Okanagan’s hottest sites -- always challenging for a variety like Pinot Noir. Tinhorn Creek sold some of its acreage to neighbouring Burrowing Owl, which wanted to increase its Pinot Noir output. At the same time, Tinhorn Creek is raising its output of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, better suited perhaps to the site.That being said, the winery works hard to retain the delicacy of Pinot Noir. The grapes are picked in the early morning, arriving at the winery while still cool, to be crushed and given a three-day cold soak before fermentation. The wine is fermented to dryness and then aged in oak barrels that are four to six years old. The barrels no long impart significant oak to the wine, since the object at Tinhorn Creek is to show off the fruit. Still, one wonders whether aging a portion of the blend in new oak would not add useful complexity – no doubt, at the expense of this wine’s affordability.The wine begins with aromas of cherry and chocolate, carrying through to flavours of strawberries and black cherries. The tannins are still firm, giving the wine weight and implying aging potential. Tinhorn Creek recommends cellaring the wine five or six years from the vintage date. 86 points.




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