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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Silent Bishop Merlot
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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Silent Bishop Merlot 2015

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe Silent Bishop accentuates the vagaries of the site in the south Okanagan. It comes from the cooler western benches of the south Okanagan under Mount Kobau. It gets the gentle early morning sun, and at 49 degrees north, that could be as early as 5 am all summer but escapes the baking late day rays when the sun slips behind Kobau in the late afternoon. There are three separate sites in the Silent Bishop: Oliver North, Golden Mile, and Osoyoos West. Even in the superheated 2015, you pick up the less is more style of the Silent Bishop. The entry is delicate, the weight medium, the tannins and texture silky and the blueberry/black raspberry fruit surprisingly fresh. It's only in the finish where you notice the spice and heat inherent in the vintage, although, for many, it will be a plus. Like the End Game, you can drink this now, but it will improve through 2022. Perfect now with a lamb osso buco dish.Tasted: 31 March 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 85.00 winery club members Producer: CheckMate Artisanal WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: MerlotCSPC: 387530UPC: 776545800343