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Black Hills Estate

Past Vintages

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2013 Nota Bene

First Vintage: 1999 
Bud Break: April 15, 2013 
Veraison: August 1, 2013 
Oak Regime: 80% French, 20% American 
Barrel Age: 1/3 new barrel, 1/3 one year old and1/3 two year old
Primary Coopers: Radoux, Le Roi, Alain Fouquet and Saury 
Harvest Dates: October 10-31, 2013 
Bottling Dates: September 25, 2014 
Final Blend:  Cabernet Sauvignon 49%, Merlot 40%, Cabernet Franc 11%
Alcohol: 13.7% 

PDF Tasting Notes

“The 2013 Nota Bene has proven to be yet another outstanding vintage. Its 
tantalizing signature of sweet, ripe cherry complimented by its dusty earth 
undertones is salivating. Rich, smooth tannins coatthe palate resulting in a juicy 
mouth feel with an alluring gilt of violets, flowery undertones and a lingering finish 
reminiscent of a sweet cigar box. Medium-full bodied with well integrated tannins 
and a lengthy weigh that would pair most perfectly with robust BBQ red meats, 
Bison and grilled vegetables.” 
Graham Pierce, Winemaker

“The 2013 growing year proved to be exceptional. Starting off early, the season 
remained about 2 weeks ahead of most previous yearsall summer. With an 
abundance of sunshine and moderate temperatures theseason was ideal throughout 
veraison and all the way to harvest which gave us an excellent, lengthy ripening 
period. An almost perfect vintage, this one will be‘a vintage to remember’.” 
Steve Carberry, Winegrower