2020 Nota Bene
The 2020 vintage of Nota Bene opens with intense and ripe fruit aromas, with plum, raspberry and black cherry to the fore. On the palate, the ripeness and richness of this fruit is beautifully balanced by crunchy red currant flavours, while notes of milk chocolate and clove spice integrate seamlessly into the wine. A savory element adds another dimension, with subtle rosemary and cedar flavours. The tannins are fine and elegant, and the wine finishes strongly with fresh acidity and a silky texture. A powerful yet refined wine with impressive ageing potential.
The 2020 growing season got off to a slow start with a cool and damp spring and flowering period. However, a dry and warm July, August and September allowed the vines to quickly able to make up for lost time. With smaller than average crop levels and perfect ripening conditions from September through to Thanksgiving, the fruit was able to achieve excellent flavour and phenolic ripeness, and was harvested with high levels of concentration and aromatic intensity. A stellar vintage for South Okanagan red wines.
JOHN SCHREINER - 94 Points
"The 2020 Nota Bene is instant pleasure but has the structure to deliver even more complexity as it is cellared over the next decade"
DAENNA VAN MULLIGEN
"vintage after vintage you can depend on Black Hills to offer one of the most consistently viable expressions of an outstanding BC red blend."
"This is some of the finest juice being made in BC today."
TIM PAWSEY - 93 Points
42% Cabernet Franc
33% Cabernet Sauvignon
1% Petit Verdot