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.
2014 End Game is a rich and concentrated expression of ultra premium Okanagan Merlot. Sourced from the Osoyoos East Bench and Black Sage Bench in the heart of Canada’s pocket desert, End Game showcases the great warmth, balance, and complexity achievable from these incredible vineyard sites. Aged in 100% new French oak for 21 months, and at 14.6%ABV, this deeply colored Merlot has an expressive nose, showing black fruit, currant, black sage, clove, and smoky hickory. Elegant, balanced, and finely textured, hallmarks of premium Okanagan ‘Bench’ wines. Drinking beautifully now, this will evolve gracefully over the next 10+ years. Decant, then enjoy 2020-2035. Tasted bottle 1861, April 2020. 94 points. Matt Steeves – http://www.quercusvino.ca
CheckMate End Game is available by the bottle but also as part of a set of their four (4) Merlots, called the Tournament Set. A terrific gifting idea for any serious wine lover, and enjoy FREE SHIPPING now too!