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Culmina Family Estate Malbec
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16¼/20

Culmina Family Estate Malbec 2016

Golden Mile Bench, Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis malbec is planted on Arise Bench, on the Golden Mile Bench, one of three benches at Culmina. After traditional fermentation, it spends 16 months ageing in French oak, of which 17 percent is new. The attack is elegant and sophisticated, followed by dusty mineral and licorice with plenty of texture and mouthfeel. Still, the fruit is curiously backward at this moment. There are faint hints of blueberries and blackberries, but the dryness and earthy savoury notes are dominating. I like this wine, but it is going to need time to develop fully. Best now with grilled beef.Tasted: 01 September 2020Tasted by: Prices: BC 39.00 winery online/direct, select private retailers Producer: Culmina Family Estate WineryDistributors: Vintage West Wine Marketing
Grape: MalbecUPC: 827413000812