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Black Hills Nota Bene 2015

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 2015 is perhaps the best example of the new Nota Bene with is hedonistic rich fruit, brooding dense sweet tannins and powerful alcohol. The seventeenth vintage, like last year was given an additional six months of barrel and it looks good on it. The 56/38/6 blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc (all Oliver estate fruit) came in at 14.8 but it feels higher. Still super young with smoky, black cherry, cassis laden fruit and vanilla this is a monster Nota Bene that will need a full decade to settle into its groove. Winemaker Graham PierceTasted: 05 November 2017Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
BC$53.00750mlwinery direct and private wine shops
Producer: Black Hills Estate WineryDistributors: Andrew Peller Import Agency
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot - Cabernet FrancCSPC: 708073UPC: 62990061533