I had the pleasure of being invited to a luncheon wine tasting with Sara Triggs from Culmina (which means peak in Latin) hosted by Woodman wine and Spirits at Kost. I had no idea the treat I was in for … The Triggs family have a long history in the wine industry having started Vincor. The story of Culmina is an interesting one with lots of careful research done to choose the site, and the specific varietal to plant in each of the 44 micro plots on 56 acres in Okanagan BC, a story best told by a Triggs!
This wine was one of my favs of the tasting. Inky dark in color with a bold expressive dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with dark cherries and some mocha backed up by big bold tannins and lively acidity. This is a BIG wine. And this is after they double decanted the wine 3 hours before the tasting. This is the kind of wine Okanagan does amazingly well. If you like your wines soft and elegant … look somewhere else! I would give this a solid 90. Not in the LCBO but available by the case from Woodman wine and Spirits or direct from the winery.
From the winery’s web site:
A classic expression of Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas of ripe blackberry, fresh sage, and cloves accented by a floral lift. The refined palate is mineral driven with a supple texture, bright currant flavours,and well-balanced toasted oak. The finish is long, charming, and persistent. $39
BRIX AT HARVEST 25
TITRATABLE ACIDITY 6.3 g/L pH 402
VINTAGE CONDITIONS RESIDUAL SUGAR 0.28 g/l.
ML FERMENTATION 100% malolactic
100% French Oak 25% new 75% 1 yr old
MATURATION 16 months in barrel
BOTTLING DATE 2016
AGING POTENTIAL 2016-2024