There is so much going on at Tinhorn I don't want to even get into it here. Apparently the restaurant Miradoro is very good if $17 for a grilled cheese sandwich doesn't bother you. Usually this place is busy, but at 11 o'clock on a Friday morning we had the tasting room to ourselves. Although Tinhorn is usually pretty reliable, I didn't find any wines that really impressed me.
- Pinot Gris 2011 ($18)
- Chardonnay 2010 ($18)
23% of this vintage was placed in new French barrels for 2 months and was stirred twice a week. This allows the wine to have contact with the lees and develop a silky mouth feel. The remainder of the Chardonnay was aged in stainless steel tanks to develop fruit characteristics.
89 points. Decent, mellow.
- Gewurztraminer 2011 ($18)
88 points. I found this tasted soapy.
- Pinot Noir 2008 ($20)
87 points. Dry, thin, just sort of flavourless.
- Cabernet Franc 2009 ($20)
The 2009 Cabernet Franc is a vibrant dark cherry colour and is elegant and aromatic. There are aromas of blackcurrant and stewed cherries with forest floor characteristics. The palate is elegant and soft with luscious blackberries and black cherry flavours with muted expressions of pine and moss. A finely balanced wine with soft tannins and a lingering finish.
87 points. Cough syrup, fruity.
- Oldfield 2Bench White 2010 ($23)
87 points. Kris liked this one much more than I did.
- Oldfield 2Bench Rosé 2011 ($23)
- Oldfield 2Bench Red 2008 ($35)
The 2008 Oldfield Series 2Bench Red is densely extracted and ruby in colour. It is powerfully concentrated with black cherries, blackberries, black currant and notes of leafy tobacco, and menthol aromas. This wine has flavours of racy black fruit and delicate herbs. Firm tannins and refreshing acidity ensure that this wine will stand the test of time.
87 points. Lots of tannins, a little musty tasting.