2007 Tinhorn Creek 2 Bench Oldfield Series

Rating: ★★★½☆

Vintage: 2007
Producer: Tinhorn Creek
Variety: Red Bordeaux Blend
Designation: 2 Bench Oldfield Series
Region: Canada
Sub-region: British Columbia, Okanagan Valley
ABV: 15.0%
Price: $30 (winery, sold out)

We tasted with our guest reviewer, Swedish Touch.

Swedish Touch says: The ‘Creek’ one is my favorite!

She says: I was surprised to read after unveiling the wines from their classy brown paper bags that this wine had almost as much Cabernet Sauvignon as the Nota Bene. This wine had a much better balance on the flavour profile with juicy black fruit and hints of mineral, chocolate and almost a touch of saltiness. The funky aroma on the nose may be a little off putting for some but not enough to stop me from drinking it!

He says: Very impressive on the following levels: it’s Tinhorn Creek’s first release of this blend; it’s very affordable – a steal compared to the others in this flight; it’s aged and bottled for 3 years before sale. Overall, I really enjoyed this wine and will definitely be stocking up on next year’s release. I found the nose a bit faint with some notes that were hard to discern (“blue cheese” was our consensus answer), but it more than made up for it on the palate. Well-balanced, great complexity, and a finish that won’t disappoint. Highly recommended at this price point!

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med+ ruby, dilute at rim
Smells like: Clean, med- intensity, developing, ripe black fruit, oak, earth, a bit of indiscernible funk (which Swedish Touch nailed as blue cheese)
Tastes like: Dry, med acidity, med+ body, med+ intensity, med+ fine tannin, black fruit, chocolate, coffee, minerality, med alcohol, med+ finish
Summary: Good, Ready to drink but can develop further

1 comment to 2007 Tinhorn Creek 2 Bench Oldfield Series

  • mikool

    This is your younger half. Im sitting here with my good friend. A talented young chef in his own right. But he would never admit it. I’ve known him for say 6 months? I’ve boasted to you about the many stories of our collective galivanting. Under the radar i always wished i had adventures with you like i had with him. I guess i have many great brothers. i miss you. Im proud of you. Thank you for sending me back to North Anerica; equiped with what i never had. This is the first time my chef friend has heard about your site.. He loves your wine picks. Here is chef. . . I’m a supporter of BC wines. I like your La Vieux Pin pick. Not a huge fan of tinhorn creek but haven’t tried enough of their wines. Only know the winery for the restaurant attached to it, Miradoro, which is arguably the best winery restaurant in the province. My good friend is the sous chef there so had a chance to visit last summer. The pizzas were amazing, I knew right away when I saw their oven. I also had a cut of the elk which i knew was cooked sous vide. I just wanted to point it out, passing off to Mike….. ive never had anyone be so excited for me to experience Fergus Hendersons food. I thought i was alone in my lonesome pleasures. I waited long enough for it. I guess what im trying to say is. . . Thank you. Thanks to you and the Misses for taking me to all those amazing London meech restos. I never would have imagined how epic dining could be. The turbot was to die for. The desert at Pollen Street was epic. The friends and experiences will always be memorable. Hope to see you soon.

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