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Past Vintages

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2008 Nota Bene Tasting Notes

Bud Break: April 30, 2008
Veraison: August 3, 2008
Oak Regime: 80% French Oak, 20% American Oak
Barrel Age: 1/3 new barrel, 1/3 one year old and 1/3 two year old
Primary Coopers: Sylvain, Keystone, Radoux, Alain Fouquet, Saury
Harvest Date: October 20 to 30, 2008
Bottling Dates: September 1 to 3, 2009
Final Blend:  • 48% Cabernet Sauvignon • 41% Merlot • 11% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol:  14.2%
 
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“I am very pleased with the 2008 Nota Bene and how it displays such a great spectrum of flavors. On the nose I pick up bright aromas of cassis, plum and raspberry. I get a rich and smooth sensation on the palate with notes of mocha, spice and forest floor. This wine has great balance and structure with a velvety mouth feel and a nice long finish.”
Graham Pierce, Winemaker

“Spring 2008 in the South Okanagan was cold and bud break came late. However a warm and sunny June and July put the vineyard back on track. Throughout the summer the vines enjoyed plenty of sunshine with very few heat spikes which encourage continued growth. August was slightly cooler then normal followed by a beautiful September that brought lots of sun, minimal rain and cool nights helping capture the acidity and intensifying the avorful grapes. This was followed by perfect harvesting weather in October.”
Steve Carberry, Winegrower