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WTN: Fitou, a BC Zin, and a Big BC Red

by Bill Spohn » Sat Jul 08, 2006 10:03 am

2003 Iniskillin Bear Cub Vineyard Zinfandel – BCs first Zin. Medium colour, blueberry nose, decent concentration, not much tannin, made for early drinking and a bit overpriced.

2004 Le Douze Fitou – made by a group of cooperating winemakers in the South of France, this wine showed medium colour, bright fruit in the nose, slightly hot at 14%, and a nice mouth feel with good length. Drinking now and for about 3 years I’d think. Nice cherry notes.

2001 Black Hills Nota Bene – started out well, a big sweet plum and currant nose, weighty presence in the mouth, with a slightly bitter note in the finish which was at first interesting but eventually became a bit tedious. Good length. This is teetering on the brink of readiness and is quite drinkable now.
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Re: WTN: Fitou, a BC Zin, and a Big BC Red

by Jenise » Sat Jul 08, 2006 12:13 pm

You call the Inniskillin overpriced without mentioning the price. Last I bought a bottle (earlier vintage, though I couldn't tell you now which one) it was $20-22, which I considered fair value--it was a good quality red wine.
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Re: WTN: Fitou, a BC Zin, and a Big BC Red

by Bill Spohn » Sat Jul 08, 2006 1:20 pm

$29 Can.
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Re: WTN: Fitou, a BC Zin, and a Big BC Red

by Bruce Hayes » Sat Jul 08, 2006 2:16 pm

Thanks Bill. My wife and I leave Monday (July 10) for two weeks in Vancouver. Nota Bene is already on my "must try" wine list, but I will look out for the Zin.

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