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Tinhorn Creek Red Bordeaux Blend Okanagan Valley Vqa Cabernet-Merlot 2008

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One of Tinhorn Creek’s stalwart reds, this is a blend where the way is carried by the bright, lean characters of Cabernet Franc, with lively brambly aromas and flavours. The two varieties are fermented and aged separately for 10 to 11 months in American oak barrels ranging from new to four years old. The blend was assembled in the winter of 2005 and given a prolonged aging in stainless steel before being bottled early in July 2006. The wine is scheduled for release this month. All 1,578 cases are bottled under screw cap closures.It is a tasty wine. The prolonged aging in barrel and in tank have mellowed the ripe tannins. The berry flavours – cherry and raspberry – are lifted by a light spiciness and the acidity of the Cabernet Franc. In a vintage or two, Tinhorn Creek will also have some Cabernet Sauvignon to add to this blend, should they choose to do so. It would add an interesting extra dimension. 85 points.

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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

External Reviews for Tinhorn Creek Red Bordeaux Blend Okanagan Valley Vqa Cabernet-Merlot

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Vintage: 2004 10/16/2008

One of Tinhorn Creek’s stalwart reds, this is a blend where the way is carried by the bright, lean characters of Cabernet Franc, with lively brambly aromas and flavours. The two varieties are fermented and aged separately for 10 to 11 months in American oak barrels ranging from new to four years old. The blend was assembled in the winter of 2005 and given a prolonged aging in stainless steel before being bottled early in July 2006. The wine is scheduled for release this month. All 1,578 cases are bottled under screw cap closures.It is a tasty wine. The prolonged aging in barrel and in tank have mellowed the ripe tannins. The berry flavours – cherry and raspberry – are lifted by a light spiciness and the acidity of the Cabernet Franc. In a vintage or two, Tinhorn Creek will also have some Cabernet Sauvignon to add to this blend, should they choose to do so. It would add an interesting extra dimension. 85 points.



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