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Black Hills Estate

Past Vintages

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

2011 Nota Bene Tasting Notes

Bud Break:  May 4, 2011
Veraison:  August 18, 2011
Oak Regime:   80% French, 20% American
Barrel Age:  1/3 new barrel, 1/3 one year old, 1/3 two year old
Primary Coopers:  Radoux, Le Roi, Alain Fouquet, Saury
Harvest Dates:  October 25 to November 4, 2011
Bottling Dates:  September 17-19, 2012
Final Blend:  • 50% Cabernet Sauvignon •40% Merlot •10% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol:  14%

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“This complex and delicious blend comes charging out of the glass with a bouquet of blackberry, cherry, plum and chocolate. The palate delivers rich dark fruits with a hint of sage brush and notes of fine cocoa tannins. Notable for its beautiful balance, it should hold well through 2020 or decant and drink now. A great pairing with rich braised or grilled meat.”
Graham Pierce, Winemaker

“A mild winter and extended spring in 2011 provided optimal conditions for accelerated growth and an abundant crop. Generous primary growth allowed us to choose the most desirable clusters and reduce the crop load sooner. Early crop reduction and precise viticulture practices showed desirable ripening through the season. Hot, dry weather at the end of August and through September produced excellent flavour development and complexity.”
Steve Carberry, Winegrower