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2016 Black Hills Estate Nota Bene Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend
10/10/2019 - geoffjb Likes this wine:
92 points
After reading a number of great reviews of Nota Bene from Francois Le Mouel, I searched this out at Willow Park in Calgary (unfortunately, this is a wine that's better sought elsewhere, as I paid $68 at Willow Park but later found and bought another bottle at Zyn for $51).

This wine was deep purple with a reddish rim. It had aromas of raspberry, sour cherry, slate, and a hint of black pepper. The wine was dry with medium-intensity flavours of black cherry, oak, and a hint of molasses. Acidity and alcohol (13.5%) were medium with medium-minus tannins. The body was bold and finish was long.

This is a smooth New World wine done very well that's easy to sip with a delicious and complex finish. I imagine this would go exceptionally well with a grilled steak but I was perfectly content drinking this on its own. Probably worth the $68 CAD I paid for this bottle but a great QPR at $51 CAD. A no brainer to buy again. The currently listed community drink dates say this is best enjoyed from 2022-2027. I don't doubt this will get better over the next few years but I see no reason not to suggest this is drinkable now.
  • geoffjb commented:

    10/17/19, 1:55 PM - My pleasure. Thanks for the great reviews!

    I'll keep an eye out for the 2015.

2014 Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico Superiore Corvina Blend, Corvina
6/2/2018 - srh wrote:
Italian Reds (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): N: RIPE berries with aromas of smoke, choc, & coffee; QUITE unique, & unlike ANYTHING I can *ever* recollect!

P: Med body; NICE, ALMOST swtish frt nicely counterbalanced by acidity which slowly transitions into a LONG, very, VERY slightly tangy finish with notes of swtness to the hints of tannins. For now & through '19 "safely", VERY likely longer. I can see this going WELL with BBQ! 13% ABV; My VG+, poss EXC-. 91 pts Suckling, 88 WS, 87 WA, & 86 from a Decanter panel. [This vendor's $19.95 puts it in @ the top of wine-searcher's 2nd quartile.]
  • geoffjb commented:

    11/23/18, 8:06 PM - I was going to open this tonight, but after reading your review I'm going to save it to eat with some BBQ next summer.

    We're in the middle of a snowstorm anyway. Maybe it's time to open the port.

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