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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Attack Chardonnay Barn Vineyard
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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Attack Chardonnay Barn Vineyard 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe Attack Chardonnay is made from 100 percent Black Sage Bench; it's a single vineyard wine with a twist. It was fermented and aged sur lie in a 100 percent new French oak foudre. It’s a classic year one challenge new wood that can’t be avoided. It’s been spicy from the start and the spice remains a big part of the wine a year down the road. There is still a flinty, mineral note that keeps the wine on a mostly linear path, but like the other releases this wine is putting on weight in the mouth. Three different clones shape the flavours but it’s the salinity and bright acidity that leads the finish melting into some peachy, tropical fruit notes. The 2014, a mix of new and one year old foudres, is even better.Tasted: 09 April 2017Tasted by: Prices: BC 115.00 winery club members Producer: CheckMate Artisanal WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Varietal: ChardonnayCSPC: 798280UPC: 776545800220