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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Attack Chardonnay Barn Vineyardtext

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 puts weight in the mouth. Three different clones shape the flavours, but the salinity and bright acidity lead the finish to melt into peachy, tropical fruit notes. 2014, a mix of new and one-year-old foudres, is even better.Tasted: 09 April 2017Tasted by: Prices:
BC$115.00750mlwinery club members
Producer: CheckMate Artisanal WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 798280UPC: 776545800220