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Tinhorn Creek The Creek

Tinhorn Creek The Creek 2014

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaIt took 23 years to release a flagship red at Tinhorn Creek—The Creek—but CEO and former winemaker Sandra Oldfield decided 2014 would be the year. The blend is a mix of vines from six to 20 years grown on the home Golden Mile Vineyard site and across the valley at Black Sage. The mix is 53/19/17/9/2 cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot. The cabernet sauvignon dominate red is partially wild fermented and aged for two years in French and Hungarian barrels. Glowbal warming has inspired winemaker Andrew Windsor to take a chance on the later ripening cabernet sauvignon to give The Creek a strong more linear edge which has been achieved with 2014.The soft entry devolves into a mineral, salty, nutty, blueberry fruit laden palate. A touch softer and more approachable than the more complex 2015 sample I tasted, but it is still a solid start. For now, roasted meats or a grilled steak is you best bet. Or simply wait five years for the final outcome.Tasted: 11 September 2017Tasted by: Prices: BC 55.00 winery direct, private wine shops Producer: Tinhorn Creek VineyardsDistributors: Trialto Wine Group
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot - Cabernet Franc - Malbec - Petit VerdotUPC: 624802981321