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Opening Gambit Merlot


The Okanagan Valley is located between the Rockies of British Columbia. This Canadian wine region benefits from an ideal microclimate, suitable for exceptional wines. It’s probably why Philip McGahan chose thearea for his vineyards. Cool nights and long dry summers allow Checkmate Artisanal Winery to produce high caliber Chardonnays and Merlots.

Tasting notes 

With the main course of our tasting menu we chose Opening Gambit Merlot. We appreciate this wine for all the aromatic complexity it displays. On the nose, black and red fruits mix with the rich cinnamon and vanilla aromas. On the palate, this wine really puts the ripe raspberry forward although it structures it with a supple tannin line and a meticulously integrated acidity. These characteristics make this wine the perfect pairing for the grilled organic beef rib roast. The tannins and the body withstand the richness of the meat whilst the fruit notes and the acidity offer the perfect support for the Henry IV sauce that crowns the course.


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