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Black Hills Nota Bene 2013

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. I’m a fan of the 2013 reds and this Nota bene is falling into shape on cue although its years from its peak. Savoury, peppery, tobacco notes flecked with black olive, coffee and vanilla entice. The attack is BC fresh with elegant, slightly lean but reasonably smooth tannins. On the palate more coffee, black pepper, black olive, tobacco and inky black fruit go long and firm. This needs a few more years but if you must drink it now it should be perfect with a grilled steak. A stylish Nota Bene. The 2013 Nota Bene blend is 49/40/11 merlot/cabernet sauvignon/cabernet franc at a perfect 13.7 degrees alcohol.Tasted: 05 November 2017Tasted by: Prices:
BC$53.00750ml$53 was the release price.
Producer: Black Hills Estate WineryDistributors: Andrew Peller Import Agency
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot - Cabernet FrancCSPC: 708073UPC: 62990061533