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Culmina Family Estate Hypothesis
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16¼/20

Culmina Family Estate Hypothesis 2015

Golden Mile Bench, Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis is a big red from a very big year, so prepare yourself. I recommend decanting, or opening a day in advance, like I did. That gives the cabernet franc, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, malbec blend time to stretch and enjoy welcome airtime. Even then, this inky black wine feels more than its 14.5 degrees, with ample smoked cherry, wild blackberry, salted black liquorice, and stewed black plum. Tannins are ample, powdery, and robust, necessary to support the heft of the fruit. The finish lingers with charred wood, necessitating a char-grilled meat or veg dish to match. This was raised in French oak, 30% new, for 16 months.Tasted: 08 February 2020Tasted by: Prices: BC 46.00 winery direct Producer: Culmina Family Estate WineryDistributors: Winery Direct
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Blend: Cabernet Franc - Merlot - Cabernet Sauvignon - Petit Verdot - MalbecUPC: 827413000591