September 3, 2019
While many of us might have that dream of running away and buying a winery, it actually takes a tonne of work and many years of knowledge and experience to craft wines that are truly great.
B.C.'s Culmina Family Estate Winery may be a newer winery on the bench, but behind it is years of dedication and expertise.
Culmina Family Estate Winery is the result of a lifetime of experience in the wine industry for Don, Elaine and Sara Triggs (yes, you may recognize their names thanks to their involvement in the Jackson-Triggs winery). Having worked in the industry for a combined 40+ years, Don and Elaine began in 2006 with the goal of making the highest quality wines possible from their own family estate.
Once the Triggs had decided to venture back into the wine business in 2006, they began their quest to find the perfect Okanagan vineyard site. The family did years of research on the property before a single vine went into the ground.
Today the winery produces numerous vintages available at Calgary Co-op Wine Spirits Beer, including Culmina Family Estate Winery R&D Red Blend, Hypothesis red, Saignée Rosé, Unicus Gruner Veltliner, and Decora Riesling.
Culmina Family Estate Winery Tasting Notes
R&D Red Blend:
Made with five Bordeaux-Red varieties all sourced directly from Culmina's Golden Mile Bench estate, the 2016 R&D Red Blend is a rich, bold, Merlot-dominant red blend of exceptional quality and character.
Deep in colour and intensity, this is a rich, bold, and terroir-driven blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. Hypothesis displays abundant spice, floral, and dark fruit aromas, enveloping the palate with its dense structure, toasted oak, fine tannins, cassis flavours, and a long, persistent finish.
Saignée is a bright and characterful rosé from select Bordeaux varietal micro blocks on the Triggs’ family estate. Subtle herb and mineral aromas coalesce with nuanced, savoury red fruit to form a classically-styled rosé reminiscent of its bigger Hypothesis sister.
Unicus Gruner Veltliner:
Unicus represents the Okanagan Valley’s first Grüner Veltliner. Harvested from Margaret’s Bench—one of the highest vineyards in the Okanagan—displays lifted mineral, herbs, citrus, and stone fruit aromas, combined with distinctive white pepper and grapefruit flavours, creating a wine of outstanding originality, interest, elegance, and style.
Decora is an intensely aromatic Riesling that whets the palate with mouth-watering acidity. Showing delicate spice, floral, and stone fruit aromas, Decora displays pronounced flavours of citrus, mineral, and stone fruit, creating a wine of outstanding vivacity, delicacy, elegance, and style.
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