Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2010 Oldfield Series Estate Merlot, Okanagan Valley, $28

By on December 7, 2014

tinhorn-creek-vineyard-oldfield-series-merlot-nv-bottleThanks to Canada’s warmest growing region — the Black Sage Bench — one of British Columbia’s largest and oldest wineries was able to hang on until Oct. 22 before pulling in her Merlot at 24.7 Brix toward the end of this cool vintage in the Pacific Northwest. It first spent 1 1/2 in French oak then bottle aged for another 18 months, and the influence of Cabernet Franc (12%) heightens the aromas of plum, Van cherry, cranberry, cedar and sweet herbs. Its brimming with flavors of red currant and Montmorency cherry, backed by sweet red bell pepper and finished with a savory note of porcini mushroom. Suggested pairings include Bacon Carbonara, venison, hearty stews or homemade meatloaf, and many of the wines from this Golden Mile winery are available for shipping in the U.S.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 1,521 cases

Alcohol: 14.8%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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