Red

2012 Black Hills Estate Nota Bene

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • Canada
  • British Columbia
  • Okanagan Valley
  • Okanagan Valley VQA
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Community Tasting Notes 29

  • darrenv Likes this wine: 92 points

    July 3, 2022 - After reading the notes on this, I wasn't expecting too much. I decanted it after getting the cork out (which broke in two) and there was marked sediment stain in the bottle from where it had been lying for many years. It wasn't offering up much from the decanter. At 2.5 hours it was okay, with some tannin telling me it certainly wasn't dead. At about 3-4 hours out got better and better. With dinner I was getting liquorice, black fruits, prune, cinnamon and cedar on the nose. Palate was pleasing with black cherry and was able to tame some fairly spicy burritos. I was pleasantly surprised and wish I had another bottle. On to the next vintages!

  • Canoehead Likes this wine: 89 points

    April 26, 2022 - Molto Bene Nota Bene! (Vino Loco & Lolo's Seaside Tasting Lodge): Part of an eight vintage vertical tasting. Bit of funk and oxidation on the nose. Not corked but definitely old world-like with the fruit taking a back seat to the evolving tertiary aromas and flavours. At first, there was a barnyard, saddle, chemistry-set nose of funk and severity. This blew off a bit over the two hours but it was a mature, savoury fruit nose of brandied plums and currants with tobacco and dried sage. Medium-plus body held up a stewed mix of red fruits. Oak and alcohol in cheque. Tannins were still a little firm. Not sure this will get better in the cellar. This was #6 across the group. Open now, decant, have with roasted rack of lamb.

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    September 10, 2021 - Guy took home

  • Francois Le Mouel Likes this wine: 90 points

    August 5, 2021 - Interesting but I would have never guessed Nota Bene in a blind tasting. More expressive/complex than a year ago, but no “magic”. Aromas of leather, MLF (dairy products), with notes of sage and spices. Unfortunately, not worth the entry price tonight. Drink now, but still has potential to improve for another 2-3 years.

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  • nanoose wrote:

    January 19, 2021 - Still drinking well. As always, excellent balance in this wine. Some vintages may be better than others but this wine is consistently good.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Black Hills Estate
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Nota Bene
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Canada
  • Region British Columbia
  • SubRegion Okanagan Valley
  • Appellation Okanagan Valley VQA
  • UPC Codes 2990006261533, 626990061533, 688229006135

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,017 (52%)
  • Consumed 930 (48%)

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Grilled game meats, roasted vegetables

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