CheckMate 2016 Black Rook Merlot (Okanagan Valley)

Sourced from the Black Sage Bench Vineyard, this delivers the deep black fruits common to all of CheckMate's Merlots. The tannin management improves with each new vintage, though compared with most West Coast Merlots, these are thick, sometimes grainy and a bit on the bitter side. Nonetheless, the fruit is up to the task, and barrel aging adds a dusting of cocoa, black tea and tobacco. Paul Gregutt

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