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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Capture Chardonnay Border Vista Vineyardtext
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16¾/20

CheckMate Artisanal Winery Capture Chardonnay Border Vista Vineyard 2014

Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe fruit for Capture is grown at the Border Vista Vineyard on the East Osoyoos Bench, a single block planted in 1997 to the Dijon clone 76 over fine-textured, complex, low-nutrient sandy soils. The fermentation was 100 percent natural. Capture appears to have two faces. One that is fresh and mineral upon release but with time in the bottle it builds up more tropical fruit and weight in the mouth. In 2014, the warm weather precluded any fruit hanging too long in the vineyard, yet the style is just a bit tighter in 2014 providing a counterbalance to handle the ripe, expansive fruit of a warm year. Again, I’m reminded of the Mission Hill Perpetua but with a bit more concentration. The Capture name works two ways here. There is the obvious chess term but it also speaks to the vineyard tucked up against the border – where it is captured and can’t go anywhere. The wine is aged 16 months in oak (49 percent new) but in 2014 the wine was clean racked to tank for about a month for tightening before it was bottled unfiltered and unfined.Tasted: 30 March 2017Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 90.00 winery club members Producer: CheckMate Artisanal WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 675280UPC: 776545800145