CheckMate 2017 Opening Gambit Merlot (Okanagan Valley)

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Raising the bar for this much-maligned grape in British Columbia, this offers rich blackberry and black cherry fruit, silky tannins, a gentle hint of chocolate, and overall a smooth, full-bodied and instantly accessible palate. What sets it apart is the way threads of herb and earth wind sinuously through the finish. The overall balance is spot-on. Drink now–2029. Paul Gregutt

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