September 25, 2022 - Quite nice, perhaps a bit fruit forward yet for my taste
September 23, 2022 - Definitely better than the 16 we had last night - but still lacking that “wow” factor from other vintages like the 13 and 15, and more recently the 17. It doesn’t have the greenness of the 16, which is a good thing, but it also doesn’t have any character or complexity to it that differentiates it from other (cheaper) BC wines.
July 12, 2022 - This vintage surprised me again. After a disappointing version several weeks back in a vertical tasting, this occasion was uplifting. The wine was approachable, in balance and actually delicious. Blackberries and ripe black cherries with a touch of cocoa and tobacco. Was the last bottle faulty? An anomaly? Ahh wine, always a wonder. Think positive and open a ‘14 NB soon. Very good with prime rib.
April 26, 2022 - Molto Bene Nota Bene! (Vino Loco & Lolo's Seaside Tasting Lodge): Part of eight vintage vertical. This was underwhelming compared to recent experiences with the same wine. Bottle variation? Well, we have to assess the wine that's in front of us. It's a "meh" wine at best. Felt like I was drinking a $25 Cab-Merlot blend, with a few years of age, of no regional distinction. In relation to its vertical evening peers, Vino Loco captured it best ... "deserving of nothing more than a participant ribbon at an elementary school sports day." Dénouement.
February 13, 2022 - Mid to dark colour, starting to show some age. Dried cherry, fermented strawberries, green pepper, maybe some licorice or something else savoury.
Very drinkable, but a short finish and lacks complexity. That said, so much better than earlier bottles - optimal drinking window?
I apparently have 11 bottles left, but I trust my inventory tracking as much as I would trust a salad from China.
February 13, 2022 - Pnp'd after a magnum of TC's 2015 The Creek didn't seem to be enough wine for the four-person beef tomahawk dinner we were thoroughly enjoying. This took off right from the get go. Pronounced nose of savoury dark red fruit with a bit of espresso and dried sage and mint. Medium-plus body and good concentration. Nice long finish - sadly last bottle but time to drink up... or to paraphrase Vino Loco.. "you'll want to start charging rent for those bottles that overstay their welcome in the cellar"!
February 2, 2022 - You have to be patient with Nota Bene - at least five years storage after purchasing, and you will be rewarded with a consistently delicious Bordeaux blend. Too often I've ordered a bottle in a restaurant and been disappointed due to its young age and biting tannins. This vintage was excellent, but alas, I need to wait a couple more years for my others to age.
October 4, 2021 - Another classic Nota Bene, getting close to its peak and as it is the case with many other vintages, it should remain there for a few years. Lots of red/black fruit and the classic sage aroma...especially on the palate. Perfectly balanced and a lot of fun to drink.
June 16, 2021 - PnP at a restaurant. No detailed notes. Well received by all, including knowledgeable owner.
May 1, 2021 - Ripe fruits on a quite open nose, hints of oak, first guess Howell Mountain. Palate is balanced, ripe fruit, firm tannin, med-long finish. Very nice