Anthony Gismondi on Wine
CheckMate Artisanal Winery Silent Bishop Merlottext

CheckMate Artisanal Winery Silent Bishop Merlot 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada2017 Silent Bishop is an 87/10/3 blend of merlot, petit verdot, and cabernet franc, grown on the cool Western Benches of Oliver North, Golden Mile, and Osoyoos West beneath Mt. Kobau. A smaller crop and smaller bunches have upped the intensity of flavours, and little more acidity has accentuated the tannin component. In a good way, I note this edition is a touch drier than previous years, with denser, richer tannins to disperse at this point. I love the drier attack and the savoury red and black fruit that pushes through to the palate along with rich blueberry. A solid effort and I look forward to watching this wine develop into 2027 -2030.Tasted: 06 December 2020Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 85.00 winery club members Producer: CheckMate Artisanal WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: MerlotCSPC: 387530UPC: 776545802279