David Raccah wrote:Adam M. you seem to have a bunch of the 2007 Yarden Blanc de Blancs - did you ship them yourself from Israel? I do not see them here in the US.
Andrew Breskin wrote:2010 Four Gates Pinot Noir
side by side with
NV Four Gates Pinot Noir Cuvee D
The 2010 had some sort of secondary fermentation in the bottle, and it never completely dissipated, so it was a bit off and difficult to drink. The bottle of Cuvee D was slightly better than my disappointing other bottle but still not something that I enjoyed. Had a few leaking bottles amongst my Pinots.
Pinchas L wrote:
Flight 1 - Sparkling wines.
1) Hagafen Brut Cuvee Late Disgorged 2007
2) Drappier Carte D'Or NV
3) Yarden Blanc de Blanc 2007
4) Adar Cava NV
The order listed is the order in which they were ranked by most participants including myself. These sparklers fell into two buckets with quite a gulf between them, with the Drappier and Hagafen in one and the Yarden and the Adar in the other. The first pair were on the elegant side, whereas the latter pair were on the coarse side.
Flight 2 - Whites off the beaten path (for the audience at hand)
1) Feudi di San Gregorio, Fiano di Avellino, Maryam, Campania, Italy, 2007
2) Ruhlmann Gewurztraminer 2009
3) Hagafen Roussanne 2010
4) Goose Bay Viognier 2009
This was an eye opener for many of the participants, some of which vehemently declared themselves as strictly drinkers of red wine, so much so that some refused to participate. Again, I'm listing them in the order in which they were ranked, though this time the ranking wasn't firm, as many of these varietals were new to the people tasting them, and they were discovering them for the first time. I will add that the Viognier turned out to be a dud, poorly reflecting the variety. The Ruhlmann on the other hand, was a good choice to represent Gewurztraminer, not because it was that good, but because it is varietally correct, in that it showcases the grape's potential as well as its weaknesses. The crowd was wooed by its nose, and then let down by its palate. The Rousanne, a wine I'm quite familiar with, was not well accepted by those who expect whites to be pleasant quaffers, though I don't know if this introduction will convince them to try it again. This was my first time trying the Fiano di Avelino. Most liked it, whereas I felt it was somewhat oxidized. Checking Rogov's notes, I found that he had this in drink up mode in November of 2010.
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