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Black Hills Nota Bene 2003

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis note comes from a 17-wine vertical tasting held in Osoyoos, British Columbia on Saturday September 30. Each of the bottles tasted were in good physical condition although clearly some of the older, formative years are now past their best. Working through 17 vintages of Nota Bene makes it clear that better viticulture, older grapes vines, new facilities and better wine knowledge has improved the all-round quality of the current Nota Bene labels when compared to its humbler beginnings. The 03 Nota Bene mix is classic, 46/34/20/ cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc and it was one of the cleanest on the nose since the start. Today, one of the warmest ever years in the Okanagan, has given the wine a tarry, Barolo-like nose with smoky, olive tobacco notes. Over time the wine has mellowed and is showing more spice but without deepening in complexity or length. Ready to drink. The eight-year-old vineyard yielded a mix of 46/34/20/ cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc at 14.5 percent alcohol. Solid. Winemaker Senka Tennant.Tasted: 05 November 2017Tasted by: Prices:
BC$31.95750ml$31.95 was the release price.
Producer: Black Hills Estate WineryDistributors: Andrew Peller Import Agency
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot - Cabernet FrancCSPC: 708073UPC: 8336665001033