CheckMate 2017 Black Rook Merlot (Okanagan Valley)

This is a fine-tuned expression of the Black Sage Bench terroir. The precise black cherry and cassis flavors are sculpted and highlighted with a streak of espresso alongside charcoal and wood smoke. The tannin management, often a challenge in this region, is spot-on. All new oak aging for 21 months is not too much, and the finish lingers with licorice, tobacco and tea. Paul Gregutt

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