2019 Black Hills "Nota Bene"
BC VQA, Okanagan Valley
48% Merlot, 34% Cab Sauv, 17% Cab Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
95pts Carl's Wine Club
For the 2019 vintage, the iconic "Nota Bene" is taking a different direction. While the 2018 was more of a rich and concentrated fruit bomb, the most recent vintage is more restrained, precise, focused, extremely long and complex.
Cassis, currants, graphite, pipe tobacco, black forest cake are the dominant characteristics on the nose. The palate opens up on black cherry, blackberry, raspberry liquor and a tad of vanilla, followed by licorice, graphite, chalky minerality and fresh herbs. The finish is absolutely spectacular and the big feature point of this wine. The length is at the next level. A mix of white, pink, black and green pepper make the finale uniquely Black Sage Bench.
The integration of alcohol and oak is wonderful at this stage as much as all the fruit flavours. A beautifully homogeneous wine that is just starting to develop. A very precise and pin-pointed wine, reminding me more of the "Old World" compared to the very much "New World" 2018 - also a spectacular, but very different wine.
Food pairing; beef filet, lamb kebab
Drink between 2023 and 2030
Winery Price: $70.00