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Black Hills Estate

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Past Vintages

All past vintages are sold out. For tasting notes, please click on the bottles below.

2009 Nota Bene Tasting Notes

Bud Break: April 29, 2009
Veraison: August 1, 2009
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 1 to 10, 2009
Bottling Dates: September 1 to 3, 2010
Final Blend:  • 46% Cabernet Sauvignon • 38% Merlot • 16% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol:  14.1%
 
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“The 2009 growing season gave us amazing ripe fruit with great avour and smooth developed tannins. The nose exhibits bright red fruit with plum and cassis. The rich palate displays complex black cherry, strawberry and dark cocoa. This wine has great balance, soft silky tannin and a smooth long finish. Can be decanted and enjoyed now and has great cellaring potential.”
Graham Pierce, Winemaker

“The 2009 growing season started o with a cool spring which resulted in a later than normal bud break. Excellent growing conditions enabled rapid vine growth and the vineyard caught up quickly. Steady warm and dry conditions graced the valley throughout the summer months and into the fall which made for an exceptional fruit set and early ripening of the grapes. The result was fruit of first rate quality, some of the best we have ever seen.”
Steve Carberry, Winegrower