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Culmina Family Estate Hypothesistext
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Culmina Family Estate Hypothesis 2016

Golden Mile Bench, Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis year's big boy blend from Culmina blends 42% cabernet sauvignon with merlot, cabernet franc, malbec, and petit verdot, all from their Golden Mile Bench estate's Arise Bench. This is a current release at 2016, with 16 months in barrel (33% new) and 3 years bottle aging before release. Thankfully, as this big bruiser requires ample airtime and decanting upon opening. Roasted meats, charcoal, toasted cedar lead the full, sluggish palate, drawing baked blackcurrants, ripe plum, black cherry compote, tobacco, black earth along its path. Tannins are ample and ragged, though now absorbing into the dense soup of black fruit. Partner this with roast root veg and / or roast beef now, or wait a few years and try the same pairing. Old school.Tasted: 08 July 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 46.00 winery direct Producer: Culmina Family Estate WineryDistributors: Vintage West Wine Marketing
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot - Cabernet Franc - Malbec - Petit VerdotUPC: 827413000591