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Culmina Family Estate Hypothesistext
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Culmina Family Estate Hypothesis 2011

Golden Mile Bench, Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe first vintage of Culmina's Bordeaux-blend is an impressive one, and promising for future vintages. Hypothesis earned its name as a 'proposal from the land', with youthful grapes (only 3 year old vines) proving that the Triggs family has planted successfully. Pencil, stone and bramble is lured out of the tight nose. After airtime, juicy blackberry and black florals emerge as well. The structured palate shows black cherry, black liquorice, thorn, black plum, dark clay and savoury spice, stretched across firm, grippy and slightly gummy tannins. Bright acidity carries to a lingering finish. I recommend letting this lie for 2-3 years, or decanting 3-4 hours in advance of enjoying now, and pouring with beef tenderloin or lamb rack.Tasted: 03 April 2015Tasted by: Prices: BC 38.00 winery direct Producer: Culmina Family Estate WineryDistributors: Vintage West Wine Marketing
Blend: Cabernet Franc - Merlot - Cabernet SauvignonUPC: 827413000027