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Summary: H3 is a new label launched by Columbia Crest. The name stands for Horse Heaven Hills, one of the new appellations in Washington state. Indian Wells is a vineyard on the Wahluke Slope – another new appellation. These three wines are all good value wines. The final wine listed, Col Solare, is a collaboration of Chateau Ste. Michelle and Italian winemaker Marchese Antinori. The winery recently built a multi-million dollar facility on Red Mountain.

Wines:

Score

Name

Notes

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Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2005

Strong vanilla and oak. Smooth. Good, full table wine. Some might say over the top.

$13

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Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon

A little earthy. Black pepper. Lighter on the palette. A little oaky. Good.

$13

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Ch Ste Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Good. Well made. A little Bordeaux quality to it. Spice. Vanilla. Not overwhelming but quite good.

$15

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Col Solare 2004

Spice. Chocolate. A little smoky. A little earthy. Beautiful, rich nose. Good finish.

$65


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Nota Bene Cellars Tasting

Monday, February 11, 2008 0 comments

Summary: Nota Bene is a small winery located in south Seattle.
Winemaker Tim Nardby is currently producing about 1000 cases
per year. Their most notable wine, not tasted here, is a $30 Ciel

du Cheval.

Wines:

Score

Name

Notes

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Nota Bene Kestrel View Estates Vineyard 2004

Black pepper. Cedar. Smoky. Good up front. Thinner on the middle. 52% Cabernet; 24% Merlot; 12% Cab Franc; 12% Malbec.

$28

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Nota Bene Miscela 2004

Black pepper. Baked bread. A little cassis. High spices. Light bodied. Good overall. Miscela is Italian for “blend”. 40% Merlot; 36% Cabernet; 24% Cab Franc.

$28

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Nota Bene Miscela 2003

A little smoky. Maple. Wheat. Black peppercorn. Sharp on taste.

$28

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Nota Bene Miscela 2002

A little earthy. Boysenberry. A little spice. Oak. A very interesting, big wine. Somewhat tannic.

$28

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Nota Bene Abbinare 2004

Cereal. A little smoky. A little green pepper. Somewhat sharp. Name means “linked together”.

$27

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Nota Bene Abbinare 2003

Wheat. Cinnamon. Spice. A nice medium bodied wine. Cinnamon feel on the taste. A little puckering.

$27

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Nota Bene Abbinare 2002

Blackberry. A little anise. A good nose but a little off on the shape of the wine.

$27

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Nota Bene Syrah 2004

Smoky. Classic Washington syrah nose. A thick, rich wine. 78% Syrah; 22% Cabernet.

$28

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OS Winery, formerly Owen Sullivan, makes meaty red wines from grapes sourced from some of Washington’s most coveted locations. Located in south Seattle, winemaker Bill Owen focuses most of his attention on Bordeaux blends.

Wines:

Score

Name

Notes

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OS Winery Red Table Wine 2005

Earthy. Diesel. Blueberry. A little dusty. Cassis. Medium bodied. Lots of rich, gripping tannins.

$20

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OS Winery M Klipsun Vineyard 2004

Rich. Spicy. Boysenberry. Again, gripping tannins. Strong cassis. Black cherry. Medium bodied. 70% Merlot; 30% Cabernet.

$30

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OS Winery Syrah Dineen Vineyard 2005

Spicy. Vanilla. Clove. Anise. Excellent mid-palate and opens up beautifully but the finish is a little empty.

$35

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OS Winery R3 2005

Lots of black cherry. Light anise. Baking spices. Rich on the body. Nice extended finish that sails on and on. 45% Cabernet; 35% Merlot; 20% Cab Franc. Named after the three red wines it is composed of.

$35

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OS Winery BSH 2004

Dusty. Strong cassis. Good up front. Not as even on the back end. Clove. Black cherry. A good wine. 68% Cabernet; 12% Cab Franc; 10% Merlot; 10% Petit Verdot. BSH stands for “Brick Shit House.”

$35

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OS Winery Cab Franc Champoux Vineyard 2004

Gripping, sharp wine. Light black cherry. Light cassis. Puckering. A bit more subtle on the nose than others.

$30

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OS Winery Ulysses Sheridan Vineyard 2004

Earthy. Spicy. A dark wine. Cassis. Leather. Beautifully structured with an excellent finish. A dynamite wine.

$50

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OS Winery Petit Verdot Meek Vineyard 2005

Strong anise. Clove. Spice. Light earthiness. Plum. More up front than the others tasted.

$45

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