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Culmina Family Estate Winery Dilemma Chardonnay 2015 Wine Review

Culmina Family Estate Winery Dilemma Chardonnay 2015

Culmina Family Estate Winery Dilemma Chardonnay 2015

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC VQA, Canada

Community Score:91/100

Community Reviews: 2

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Price: $36.00

Drink: 2018-2022

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: White Wine

Winery: Culmina Family Estate Winery

Agent: FWM Canada

Natalie's Score: 91/100

A generous, full-bodied, luscious BC Chardonnay. The fifth 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. 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. Pair with roast chicken or turkey.

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

This Culmina Family Estate Winery Dilemma Chardonnay 2015 was reviewed on May 20, 2018 by Natalie MacLean

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Reviews and Ratings

Jon Steeves - Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Beautiful. Full bodied, supple, smooth. Medium plus acidity, food friendly and approachable. Well balanced. Paired well with bbq poultry. Tasted 2015 vintage in May 2018. 91 points

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