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Matt Steeves

Matt Steeves Certified Sommelier

5 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 94/100

With each and every vintage CheckMate Artisanal Winery is solidifying their reputation as one of Canada's leading wineries, producing world-class Chardonnay and Merlot from the south of the Okanagan Valley, in Canada's wine capital, Oliver, BC. CheckMate's 2015 Capture Chardonnay is sourced from the most southerly vineyards in the Okanagan Valley, the Border Vista Vineyard along the Osoyoos East Bench situated on the Canada-US border. This rich and textured Chardonnay highlights the expressive tropical and orchard fruit characteristics this desert region produces and which CheckMate captures so masterfully in their ultra premium wines. Capture 2015 shows chilled pineapple mousse with whipped cream, stone fruit, baked almond croissants, baking spices, and fresh vanilla bean. The palate highlights the creamy texture, with fleshy stone fruit, spice, and mouthwatering minerality on the long finish. Another excellent expression of premium Okanagan Chardonnay from one of Canada's finest wineries/winemakers. Enjoy over the next half decade and beyond. Tasted July 2020. 94 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

5 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 94/100

With each and every vintage CheckMate Artisanal Winery is solidifying their reputation as one of Canada's leading wineries, producing world-class Chardonnay and Merlot from the south of the Okanagan Valley, in Canada's wine capital, Oliver, BC. CheckMate's 2015 Capture Chardonnay is sourced from the most southerly vineyards in the Okanagan Valley, the Border Vista Vineyard along the Osoyoos East Bench situated on the Canada-US border. This rich and textured Chardonnay highlights the expressive tropical and orchard fruit characteristics this desert region produces and which CheckMate captures so masterfully in their ultra premium wines. Capture 2015 shows chilled pineapple mousse with whipped cream, stone fruit, baked almond croissants, baking spices, and fresh vanilla bean. The palate highlights the creamy texture, with fleshy stone fruit, spice, and mouthwatering minerality on the long finish. Another excellent expression of premium Okanagan Chardonnay from one of Canada's finest wineries/winemakers. Enjoy over the next half decade and beyond. Tasted July 2020. 94 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

5 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 94/100

With each and every vintage CheckMate Artisanal Winery is solidifying their reputation as one of Canada's leading wineries, producing world-class Chardonnay and Merlot from the south of the Okanagan Valley, in Canada's wine capital, Oliver, BC. CheckMate's 2015 Capture Chardonnay is sourced from the most southerly vineyards in the Okanagan Valley, the Border Vista Vineyard along the Osoyoos East Bench situated on the Canada-US border. This rich and textured Chardonnay highlights the expressive tropical and orchard fruit characteristics this desert region produces and which CheckMate captures so masterfully in their ultra premium wines. Capture 2015 shows chilled pineapple mousse with whipped cream, stone fruit, baked almond croissants, baking spices, and fresh vanilla bean. The palate highlights the creamy texture, with fleshy stone fruit, spice, and mouthwatering minerality on the long finish. Another excellent expression of premium Okanagan Chardonnay from one of Canada's finest wineries/winemakers. Enjoy over the next half decade and beyond. Tasted July 2020. 94 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

5 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 94/100

With each and every vintage CheckMate Artisanal Winery is solidifying their reputation as one of Canada's leading wineries, producing world-class Chardonnay and Merlot from the south of the Okanagan Valley, in Canada's wine capital, Oliver, BC. CheckMate's 2015 Capture Chardonnay is sourced from the most southerly vineyards in the Okanagan Valley, the Border Vista Vineyard along the Osoyoos East Bench situated on the Canada-US border. This rich and textured Chardonnay highlights the expressive tropical and orchard fruit characteristics this desert region produces and which CheckMate captures so masterfully in their ultra premium wines. Capture 2015 shows chilled pineapple mousse with whipped cream, stone fruit, baked almond croissants, baking spices, and fresh vanilla bean. The palate highlights the creamy texture, with fleshy stone fruit, spice, and mouthwatering minerality on the long finish. Another excellent expression of premium Okanagan Chardonnay from one of Canada's finest wineries/winemakers. Enjoy over the next half decade and beyond. Tasted July 2020. 94 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Riserva Ducale Oro Gran Selezione

Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro Gran Selezione Chianti Classico 2015

Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy
6 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 93/100

Ruffino's Riserva Ducale Oro Gran Selezione is produced only in the best vintages, a tradition started in 1947 to showcase the finest fruit from Ruffino’s acclaimed vineyards. The 2015 sourced fruit from Ruffino’s #Gretole, and #Santedame estates in the renowned #Castellina subregion of #Chianti Classico. First impression shows that classic rustic Chianti Classico bouquet full of cherry, dried fruits, herbs, resinous balsamic notes, wood spice, graphite, and sous bois. Elegant, silky smooth, and beautifully balanced, Ruffino’s Riserva Ducale Oro showcases the best of this storied region in an accessible offering making it great for enjoying regularly with charcoal grilled steaks and also a perfect gift for any wine lover looking for a premium wine that’s ready to enjoy now but also worthy of another decade of aging. Thanks to a half decade of aging already, it’s immediately accessible with its fine softened tannins and fresh acidity making this premium Chianti equally suited for rich dishes such as pasta bolognese or cinghiale in umido (stewed wild boar). Enjoy 2020-2030. Tasted July 2020. 93 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

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Memorable Wine

1996 Chateau d'Yquem - a gift from my bro

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First Wine

Probably a German Riesling or a Cali white blend, in a box, in the late 80s.

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Unusual Wine Experience

Chardonnay in the park. There's a great story to go along with that.

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Current Fav Wine

Really digging sparkling wines now as they're so dynamic and super versatile for food pairing.

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