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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Fool's Mate Chardonnaytext
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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Fool's Mate Chardonnay 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFool's Mate is the only 'blend of sites' included in the initial Checkmate release that featured four other chardonnays from single south Okanagan sites. The trio of places here, mixed in an 11/64/25 proportion, includes the home site on the Golden Mile Bench, the Barn Vineyard on the Black Sage Bench, and the Border Vineyard south Osoyoos. We think it's the most complex, but it is not just the different lots taken from the single vineyard releases. It also mixes three very different mesoclimates that reflect each site's expositions, be it a north-facing environment (one that gets morning sun) or late day sun. McGahan says you lose some of the site's specificity, but you can get a more authentic expression of the south Okanagan. The nose is a pleasant mix of brioche and spice with a hint of sagebrush. The palate is creamy with good acidity and peach/pear, hazelnut notes and a long creamy, leesy, textured finish: power and elegance. The fruit was night picked by hand on the 11, 17, 18 and 19 of September. Some fifteen percent is wild fermented before all the wine was aged 17 to 18 months in French oak, half of which was new. Three and a half years out, this wine is no one's fool.Tasted: 09 April 2017Tasted by: Prices: BC 80.00 winery club members Producer: CheckMate Artisanal WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 628917UPC: 776545800244