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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Black Rook Merlot
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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Black Rook Merlot 2015

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaBlack Rook fruit comes off the Black Sage Bench from a warm, sandy site with low vigour soils, pushed up against the Okanagan Highlands. The naturally low fertility leads to small clusters and intense black fruit, further amplified by a hot year. Big and luxurious, it was an easy decision to age all of the wine in new French oak. At this stage, it is showing youthful primary black fruit and licorice with some grippy tannins, toasted notes, and a wisp of smoke. As I've mentioned before, it is more Washington State than Bolgheri or Bordeaux in style, and not quite as polished as the rest of the group. What I do appreciate is the individuality of this wine, and the site, and the care, and attention given to it to allow its personality to shine. Give this one three to five years to pull it all together or drink now with back ribs slathered in barbecue sauce. The Black Rook mix in 2015 is 85.2 percent merlot, 9 percent petit verdot, 4.4 percent cabernet franc and 1.4 percent syrah.Tasted: 18 October 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 85.00 winery direct, restaurants, select private wine shops BC 196.00 1500 winery direct, restaurants, select private wine shops BC 480.00 3000 winery direct, restaurants, select private wine shops BC 989.00 6000 winery direct, restaurants, select private wine shops Producer: CheckMate Artisanal WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: MerlotCSPC: 655431UPC: 776545801340