2007 Nota Bene Una Notte – Review

Inside Seattle’s Georgetown district there are a number of boutique wineries who have started there from a group of passionate proprietors – one of whom is Tim Narby. A Boeing worker by day, winemaker by moonlight – his passion for Washington wine has taken flight in the form of Nota Bene and he hasn’t slowed down yet.
Tim likes to source fruit from the state’s top vineyard sites and blend them in such a way that the sum of the parts presents a greater experience than they could do individually.

The Una Notte is a Rhone-style blend which combines three of my favorite varietals in the world.
Technical Data:
  • Alcohol: 14.8%
  • pH 3.79
  • TA 5.1 g/L
  • 65% Grenache (Stone Tree Vineyard), 32% Syrah (19% Stillwater Creek Vineyard, 13% Stone Tree Vineyard), 3% Mourvedre (Kiona Heart of the Hill Vineyard)
  • Price: $32

Nose: Spiced blueberry, a touch of wild game, peppercorn, star anis,

Taste: Hello spiced-blueberries and jerky! This is a classic rhone-tasting new-world wine that has a lot going for it on the initial attack. Nice layers of spiced leather, blueberry pie, squid ink, black peppercorns and black licorice. Good fruit, nice mid palate and tannins with a finish that lingers good but not great – a bit hot for me, actually, on the finish. Even after hours of decanting, the finish is a bit too hot for me.

W.E.P Rating: 85%


On the web: http://www.notabenecellars.com