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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Little Pawn Chardonnay Barn Vineyardtext
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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Little Pawn Chardonnay Barn Vineyard 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaLittle Pawn Chardonnay comes from the Barn Vineyard, planted in 1999 and situated on the west-facing, warm, Black Sage Bench southeast of Oliver. It's a solitary micro‐terroir of fine‐grained sands with a very low capacity to hold moisture. The yields are low, the clusters small, but the fruit is beautiful—almost tropical. Little Pawn is a very feminine version of chardonnay with perfumed floral notes, bright minerality and ripe pear fruit that has fattened up in the bottle. The wine spends 18 months in French barrels, of which 57 percent are new. Over the last year, the evolution has gobbled up some freshness, suggesting it will peak by the end of 2017—a perfect foil to halibut season, which is just around the corner. Delicious stuff.Tasted: 09 April 2017Tasted by: Prices: BC 110.00 winery club members Producer: CheckMate Artisanal WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 81588UPC: 776545800107