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Culmina Family Estate Winery Dilemma Chardonnay 2013 Wine Review

Culmina Family Estate Winery Dilemma Chardonnay 2013

Culmina Family Estate Winery Dilemma Chardonnay 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC VQA, Canada

Community Score:93/100

Community Reviews: 2

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Price: $36.00

Drink: 2014-2019

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: White Wine


Winery: Culmina Family Estate Winery

Agent: FWM Wine, Beer & Spirits

Natalie's Score: 93/100

There's a nervy tension in this BC Chardonnay, with this being the third leaf crop from the Margaret's Bench Vineyard, which sits high up on a bench and enjoys a cool climate and slow ripening. The vine roots need time to establish themselves and show their true character, so expect more excitement in the bottle from this block in the future. Why Dilemma? Owner Don Triggs discovered a small block of 18-year-old vines in the heart of this vineyard and he refused to pull them thinking old vines produce great wines. However, several experiments proved him wrong, so he relented and the vines were replanted. Only 180 cases were produced for the 2013 vintage. There's medium toast on the barrels. Racking is done by gravity for gentle handling, and only 60% of the wine underwent a malolactic fermentation to maintain freshness and balancing acidity. Therefore, this wine is a beautiful companion to a broader set of dishes and occasions.

Chardonnay food pairings: west coast oysters rockefeller; truffle-salted and buttered Dutch over popcorn.

This Culmina Family Estate Winery Dilemma Chardonnay 2013 was reviewed on April 18, 2016 by Natalie MacLean

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Pricing & Stock Information

  • BCLDB
  • 661389
  • $28.17 
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Reviews and Ratings

An elegant, terroir-driven Chardonnay, Dilemma shows expressive aromas of ripe Meyer lemon, Okanagan peach, and subtle clove spice. Soft peach flavours are followed by a concentrated, mineral driven palate, taut with fresh citrus fruits. Classically structured with
restrained oak, the finish is bright, long, and chalky.

Source: Agent (Family Wine Merchants Inc.)

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