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Schreiner: “Culmina raises the bar again”

May 5th, 2015

John Schreiner recently reviewed Culmina’s 2015 Spring releases (available to our Members now), rating all of the wines no less than 91 points. According to Schreiner, with these releases Culmina has “raise[d] the bar again.”


Of the 2014 Unicus – the Okanagan Valley’s first Grüner Veltliner – he says, “What a wine!,” giving it 92 points and praising an impressive finish that “refuses to quit.”

The 2014 Decora was described as a “racy, exciting, bone-dry” Riesling and rated 91 points, with the potential to continue to “blossom over the next several years.”

Culmina’s latest release of rosé – the 2014 Saignée – is applauded as a “dry, food-friendly rosé.” As Don emphasizes, it is a serious rosé. Schreiner describes flavours of “strawberry, rhubarb, and cranberry” and loved its “good weight on the palate” and “very long finish,” rating it 91 points.

Of the iconic 2012 Hypothesis, Schreiner appreciated this age worthy style, noting it is “a wine built to age a decade or so, but with time in a decanter, it can already be appreciated.” The warm 2012 growing season resulted in a concentrated, complex wine with flavours of “black currant, black cherry, dark chocolate, coffee, and cedar.” This wine will continue to improve with patience, as Schreiner notes the 91-94 point score “depends on how long you age the wine.”

All four wines are now available online to Members for a limited time through the 2015 Spring Pre-Release. To become a member, click here.

Read Schreiner’s full article and reviews here.

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