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Culmina Family Estate Winery 'Dilemma' Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley BC
92 Points

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Region: British Columbia Golden Mile Bench
Vintage: 2017
Winery: $31.0

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WineScores' Review

Concentrated, fresh, spiced.
Located on the upper Golden Mile Bench, Culmina was established by the Triggs family (of Jackson-Triggs fame) in 2007 and was sold in 2019 to Arterra Wines Canada.
Dilemma was harvested from the estate's Margaret Bench it saw 9 months of sur lie aging in a combination of new (28%) and used (52%) French oak barrels, and stainless steel cask (20%). Expect notes of toasted hazelnuts and browned butter, buttermilk biscuits slathered with warm butter and honey, yellow apples and toasted coriander. The palate has a juicy entry with lemony flavours underscored by golden apples, butter and toasted spice. Wonderful concentration and creaminess overall.

Second review: January 2022:
Toast with butter and marmalade, hazelnuts and crunchy yellow fruit aromas lead to a similarly lemony palate with toasted nuts, powdered acacia and fine brown spices. The balance is excellent, the oak nicely integrated. A lovely Chardy.

Recommended Pairings
Good First Impressions, Seafood/Fish, White Meat Chicken/Pork, French Food, Creamy Dishes

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Wine Scores reviewed - 2022-01-14 21:11:12.0


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