Bordeaux-trained winemaker Pascal Madevon — formerly of Osoyoos Larose — works with consulting winemaker Alain Sutre and the Triggs family, to make a small but very impressive range of wines at Culmina Family Estate Winery in Oliver, British Columbia, Canada.
This outstanding Merlot-based blend is rich and complex with notes of vanilla, cocoa, ripe raspberries, dark plums, cinnamon and allspice. It’s well-balanced, with smooth tannins and a long finish. It's very drinkable now, or just buy a few bottles for the cellar. About $59.