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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Opening Gambit Merlot 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaOpening Gambit is all Osoyoos East Bench soils tucked up against the US border. The site is steep and undulating, pitching the vines to the sun and creating a more opulent style of merlot. An elegant nose of blackcurrant and black fruits with creamy undertones leads to a charming palate with dark, ripe fruits, supple tannins and well-integrated oak. The entry is dry with a mix of red and black fruit, denser, richer, fine-grained tannins and some bright acidity. More savoury Bolgheri style, you should be able to age this five to seven years. Be patient or serve now with a T-bone steak grilled rare.Tasted: 30 March 2017Tasted by: Prices: BC 85.00 winery club members Producer: CheckMate Artisanal WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: MerlotCSPC: 408161UPC: 776545800268