Posts tagged ‘Culmina’

December 6, 2016

Culmina Unicus, Gruner Vetliner, 2015


In the spirit of yesterday’s review, let’s disseminate the professional tasting notes. Here’s what Lawrason wrote (who, when he was at the Globe, was my favorite Canuck reviewer):


“Austria’s Gruner Veltliner is rare in Canada but you can bet others will be planting following the critical success of Unicus. This pours deeply lemon. The nose is very intense and exotic with ripe apricot, starfruit, honey and pepper. It’s quite full bodied, bright and almost aggressive with some oily and waxy character. It’s medium full bodied, firm and drier than first appearances. The length is excellent to outstanding.”


Yes.  Wow.  Yes, yes, yes.  Everything.  And the kitchen sink.  The most palatable decently priced satisfying and engaging BC white we’ve had in a long, long time.  And just look at that golden hue in the glass.  Nectar from the gods.


Gismondi gave it a measly 89 points.  He is a hard nut.


Price: $27 from the vineyard.


Market Liquidity: Season’s Greetings.


October 18, 2016

Culmina R&D Red Blend, 2014


I hereby declare this the best value Okanagan red of 2016.  Period.


We started the blog several years ago with an arbitrary benchmark of $20 on value (because, as recently as three years ago, you could still “score” with $20 and a bit of silver in your pocket afterwards).  A lot has changed (the quality and the prices of BC wines have skyrocketed) and we’ve long let go that $20 means anything in BC except “bottled in BC” and run of the mill dross, but now and again you can still stumble across something that warms your heart, your gut, and fills your mouth with joy.  A reasonably priced bottle of great wine.  And this fits the bill to a tee. There is something just a tad uneven on the palate, the balance between fruit and forest and tannins, but nothing off-putting, nothing abrasive.


As a sipper it comes on smooth and strong and maybe with a stroke of cleverness but it’s all pleasure, only emphasized by the price point.  Buy six for a dinner party, six cases for the wedding.  Oh, and LCBO picked it up for Vintages; not so lucky here at BCL.


Price: $22 before tax (so around $25 all in).


Market Liquidity: You know that Woody Allen joke “Life is divided into the horrible and the miserable”?  Well Woody doesn’t drink.