Second last report of this seemingly never-ending blog on our trip to the Okanagan in the summer. Our last two days of the trip saw us staying at the Tinhorn Creek Guest House. As you can tell, we didn't have any fun at all.
Now on to the wine!
Tinhorn Creek 2014 Pinot Gris ($16.99)
Strong aromas of pear, peach and pineapple. The palate features some citrus acidity with hints of apricot, guava and even a bit of banana. Nice minerality as well. Nobody does Pinot Gris better. 90.
Tinhorn Creek 2014 Oldfield Series Rosé ($19.99)
100% Cabernet Franc
Aromas of red berries, red apple and orange. Strawberries dominate the palate with just a touch of citrus mingling in. Juicy and delicious. A top notch Rosé. 91
Tinhorn Creek 2014 Gewurztraminer ($14.99)
Hints of lychee, papaya and orange blossom. The palate is rich and viscous, with notes of lemon, cinnamon and ginger. Delicious. At this price, get a case. 90.
Tinhorn Creek 2013 2Bench White ($19.99)
Hints of pear, stone fruit and white flowers. Apples and citrus combine on the juicy palate. This one is excellent now but it built to age and improve for a few years. 90.
Tinhorn Creek 2011 Pinot Noir ($19.49)
Black cherry and mushroom aromas haunt the nose. Cherries continue through on the palate with some earthiness. Finishes long. 90.
Tinhorn Creek 2012 Pinot Noir ($19.49)
Cherries and dried herbs on the nose. Fruit and spice combine on the mid-palate. Lovely finish and balanced acidity. 89.
Tinhorn Creek 2011 Oldfield Series Pinot Noir ($30.49)
Cherries and vanilla, with a hint of cranberry and herb on the nose. Beautiful flavors of cherry, orange, cigar box and herbs. 91.
Tinhorn Creek 2011 Oldfield Series Merlot ($26.49)
Raspberry, dark chocolate and vanilla on the nose. Berries, vanilla and chocolate mix beautifully on the palate. Finishes long. Ready to drink now but will only improve with a bit of patience. 90.
Tinhorn Creek 2011 2Bench Red ($26.49)
Black cherry, blackberry and a hint of pepper on the nose. Complex palate featuring cassis, vanilla, plum, tobacco, coffee and the kitchen sink. Finishes with just a touch of spice. Enjoy now or wait for it to improve for around a decade. 91-93.
As if that wasn't enough great wine, we were off to Miradoro for a terrific dinner where we picked this one from the deep, dark recesses of their cellar:
Tinhorn Creek 1998 Pinot Noir ($50.00)
I would say this has just peaked. Lots of fruit left. Berries, cola and a bit of spice on the nose and following through on the palate. Some forest floor and tobacco as well. What a treat. 92.
As always, a fantastic experience at one of BC's top wineries and winery restaurants.
Next up: The last post, the Main Event of this trip, the Nota Bene Release Party at Black Hills!