April 2018

Ottawa, ON

Matt’s review:

Checkmate Artisanal Winery produces world-class Chardonnay and Merlot from their Golden Mile Bench winery situated in Canada’s wine capital, Oliver, BC. The 2013 End Game Merlot is an outstanding expression of ultra premium Okanagan Merlot. Sourced from the Osoyoos East Bench and Black Sage Bench, End Game displays a deep ruby colour, and the nose offers mocha, Spanish cedar box, plum, Christmas cake, and sweet pipe tobacco. Harmony, texture, and expressive, three descriptors for this beautiful expression of southern Okanagan ‘bench’ Merlot. The finish is textured with spice, refreshing dark fruit, and dusty cacao persisting. Drinking beautifully now, this will evolve gracefully over the next 10+ years. 12 barrels produced. Enjoy 2018-2028+. Tasted bottle 912 in April 2018. 94 points. Matt Steeves – http://www.quercusvino.ca

Available winery direct – $85




Matt showcased the Checkmate Tournament Set of four Merlots for his top Christmas gifting picks on CTV in December 2017.




Checkmate Tournament Set of Merlots