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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Black Hills Nota Bene
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16½/20

Black Hills Nota Bene 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe super youthful 2017 Nota Bene is about to be released. The blend is cabernet sauvignon dominant at 45 percent, mixed with 41 percent merlot and 14 percent cabernet franc. As rich as the wine is, there are red fruit characters on the nose and palate painted with a savoury south Okanagan sagebrush and spice. The attack is similar with more resiny, red and black fruit that are tight and linear before the oak takes over the back end. The tannins are well-managed despite their youth, and present with an elegance we have come to expect from Black Hills over the past few years. There is no rush to drink this wine, which brings us to the question of why it is on such an early release path. At some point, this wine should be given more time to rest and gather itself in the bottle at the winery, and consumers and the accountants are just going to have to wait. It’s only fair to the wine and its fans. Buy and hold for a decade is my recommendation today.Tasted: 22 June 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 59.90 winery direct and private wine shops Producer: Black Hills Estate WineryDistributors: Lone Tree Cellars
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot - Cabernet FrancCSPC: 708073UPC: 62990061533