CheckMate Estate Winery 2013 Black Rook Merlot
Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
The Black Rook is the most streamlined and elegant of CheckMate's impressive portfolio of 2013 Merlots. Coming from a vineyard on the Black Sage Bench, it shares a lot of the plummy, smoke and chocolate notes found in the End Game Merlot, but with more exotic fragrance on the nose and restraint on the palate. A chalky element stands out and adds interest to the mouthfilling texture and long persistent finish. Nine barrel production. Drink to 2025.