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Culmina Family Estate R&D Red Blend
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Culmina Family Estate R&D Red Blend 2016

Golden Mile Bench, Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaResearch and development is at the heart of this series of releases from Culmina, suiting the slow moving, deliberate decisions that emanate from this winery over the years. In fact, twin brothers Ron and Don Triggs have lived the R&D moniker since the days they grew up in Manitoba on the farm. The fruit is all Golden Mile Bench and all five Bordeaux varieties are in the blend. This is serious stuff, fragrant and alive with peppery black fruit, grilled toast and a dryness that calls you back to the glass. The attack is juicy with impressive texture; gone are those sticky tannins of the past, leaving only a long, round savoury finish. A terrific food wine that the Triggs family suggests could include mid-week spaghetti and meatballs or a slow cooker beef stew. This should improve through 2021.Tasted: 19 October 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 23.95 BCLS Producer: Culmina Family Estate WineryDistributors: Winery Direct
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Blend: Merlot - Cabernet Sauvignon - Cabernet FrancUPC: 827413000348