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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Black Rook Merlottext

CheckMate Artisanal Winery Black Rook Merlot 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaBlack Rook blends 86 percent merlot with 14 percent petit verdot. Rising levels of petit verdot are somewhat of a trend worldwide. The fruit comes off the warm, sandy, low vigour soils of the Black Sage Bench pushed up against the Okanagan Highlands. Small clusters and berries yield intense red/black fruit flavours laced with licorice. The palate is packed with firm, dense tannins and bright cherry-flavoured fruit that finishes with a peppery soft edge. Richer and perhaps the most indulgent style of the four releases, with the petit verdot leading the way. Still youthful, this will need more time to settle into itself.Tasted: 30 March 2017Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
BC$85.00750mlwinery club members
Producer: CheckMate Artisanal WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: MerlotCSPC: 655431UPC: 776545800305