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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Fool's Mate Chardonnaytext

CheckMate Artisanal Winery Fool's Mate Chardonnay 2015

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaOne of the perks of wine writing is the opportunity to take part in vertical tastings once in a while to track a single wine through several vintages. It's the ultimate test of a wine's ability to express each vintage while revealing its fingerprint and even more important to demonstrate whether it can age over time in the bottle. On this day, we tasted every vintage to date of Fool's Mate, from 2013-2017. As young as the winery is, it was a revelation. We learned that the original ageing window, thought to be about five years by winemaker Phil McGahan, is quickly expanding into the 7-10 year range as the wines evolve in the bottle. 2015 surprises with a sense of delicacy despite a super warm year, with the decision to pick early paying off as the wine ages. There is surprising finesse developing throughout the mid-palate, lifted by a stream of acidity underneath. A single concrete egg has provided a creaminess to add depth and a soft landing zone for its mineral, stony, salty notes. Coming along nicely and should be peaking from 2021 through 2024.Tasted: 04 February 2020Tasted by: Prices:
BC$80.00750mlwinery club members
Producer: CheckMate Artisanal WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 628917UPC: 776545800244