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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Black Rook Merlottext

CheckMate Artisanal Winery Black Rook Merlot 2014

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaBlack Rook fruit comes off the warm, sandy, low vigour soils of a Black Sage Bench section pushed up against the Okanagan Highlands. The clusters are small and yield very intense, mostly black fruit flavours. This style is more hedonistic and abetted by the warmer site. The palate is a cherry/licorice affair with sweet, dense textured tannins that bring just a touch of bitterness to the finish, balancing the sweet fruit. More similar to Washington State than Bolgheri or the right bank of Bordeaux. It will need more time to gather itself moving forward, not quite as polished as the rest of the group. Best now with grilled meats. Black Rook blends 86 percent merlot with 8 percent syrah, 5 percent petit verdot and 1 percent cabernet franc.Tasted: 01 May 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
BC$85.00750mlwinery club members
Producer: CheckMate Artisanal WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: MerlotCSPC: 655431UPC: 776545800305