Brash Blend

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Estate_Blend_2009_front_labelNoble Hill Estate is located in the Simonsig-Paarl region of South Africa, about 28 miles north of Cape Town. This area is rich in wine-making history going back to the 1700s. Noble Hill makes a full line of whites and reds, but today’s wine is fashioned as a Bordeaux-type blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The style is dense and chewy and a good bet for further bottle aging. Only 23, 225-liter French oak barrels were produced.

2011 Noble Hill Estate Blend $19 srp

Dark garnet hue with lightening rim. Heady aromatics of oak-tinged black cherry, concentrated black currant with olive, road tar and charcoal overtones. Flavors are medium-bodied with strong, slightly roasted berry elements and a bit of menthol. Solid tannins “structure” the wine rather than gripping your palate. This might have been called a “masculine” wine in another era—there’s nothing pretty about it! It forges ahead like a centurion with remarkable power yet balance. Drink now with lamb, truffled polenta or a rich chili. Can age through 2022.

89/100 points

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Arturo Ciompi

Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.
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