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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Black Rook Merlot
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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Black Rook Merlot 2016

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaBlack Rook is farmed on the Black Sage Bench, pushed up against the Okanagan Highlands at 300+ metres. It is a warm, sandy site with low vigour soil that shapes smallish clusters, yielding intense black fruit that possesses both power and finesse. The Black Rook mix in 2016 is 90 percent merlot, 5 percent petit verdot, and 5 percent cabernet franc. There was a splash of syrah in the blend last year, and it appears better without it. It is still a rich, brooding red wine, aged in 100 percent new French oak, but it presents with a sense of elegance and could be described as ‘light on its feet’ too. Only nine barrels were made in 2016, considered to be an excellent year in the South Okanagan. A five to seven-year candidate for the cellar.Tasted: 04 February 2020Tasted 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