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Culmina Family Estate Winery R&D Meritage 2014 Wine Review

Culmina Family Estate Winery R&D Meritage 2014

Culmina Family Estate Winery R&D Meritage 2014

Okanagan Valley, Golden Mile Bench, British Columbia B.C. V.Q.A., Canada

Community Score:87/100

Community Reviews: 8

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Price: $25.95

Drink: 2016-2020

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Culmina Family Estate Winery

Agent: FWM Canada

Natalie's Score: 90/100

Smokey, coffee campfire on the nose: perfect for telling ghost stories under a starry night sky. Fleshy black fruit and shows on the finish. Pair with childhood memories.

Meritage food pairings: roast chicken paprika with onion and herb stuffing, onion pie, roast bresse chicken.

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This Culmina Family Estate Winery R&D Meritage 2014 was reviewed on April 16, 2016 by Natalie MacLean

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Reviews and Ratings

Courtney Flood rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

This brooding wine from BC is dark in a good way... smoky and concentrated berry aromas, cedar bark, dried oregano, anise and black pepper. Pair with slow - smoked meats.
Donna Hargrove rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Hailing from the Okanagan Valley, the deep ruby red greets the nose with hints of vanilla and currants. Pepper and a slight green apple on the palate, follows through to the finish with a lingering dry finish. This would great paired with a tomato based dish.

Reviewed April 3, 2016
Wineboy rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

A beautiful blend but one that needs more time. Solid tannins currently hide some great depth of ripeness and complexity. 2019-2025
Olivier de Maisonneuve rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

The nose reminded me of an hungarian chicken paprika dish,shared with good friends around a big table. The palate is silky and fruit forward. Not overly long,but easy to savour. Ripe tannins, good acidity make for food like pasta with ragu sauce.
Sylvain Segard rated this wine as 81/100 with the following review:

Medium ruby. Black currant, flowery, vanilla, mint, cedar aromas. Medium-plus tannins. Sour, green stem, cedar box, pepper taste. Dry long gripy finish.
Douglas McMillan reviewed this wine as follows:

Smoky black cherry, vanilla, a little earthiness, and dried herbs. The taste is inky dark fruit, a touch of tannin, and good acidity.
R&D stands for "Research and Development," and is a nod to the Culmina Family Estate Winery's experimental approach to winemaking. The name is also homage to Culmina co-owner Don Triggs and his twin brother, Ron as their pictures as boys are on the label. This blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes. ? Community Wine Review

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