For those with the money, and the willingness to “join the club” Culmina offers plenty of rewards. We have gone ga-ga over a few, most notably their Gruner. But if you just want to pick up a bottle of wine, at your local private shop, you will most likely be making a choice between their Riesling or their ludicrously priced Hypothesis. So it was nice to find middle ground, price-wise, in the Merlot.
Here’s the rub: There is some damn fine Merlot in BC. Born and bred. This blog is awash in praise for lesser vintages and lower priced bottles. And based on that comparison alone this is OK. Just OK. It’s a drinkable, competent, appealing Merlot. I’d drink it over and over. Except there are other choices, just as good if not better, at a lower price point.
As for the wine itself? Plum yes, violets not so much.
Price: $35 at Save-On.
Market Liquidity: There’s no disappointment, it just didn’t seem gratifying.