Stacey B wrote:Tonight's plan Tishbi Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
WOW! Tishbi Cab Estate '02?! I'd be suprised if there's anything left in there! I had the Tishbi Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Gush Etzion 2002 about 3-4 years ago and while it was truly excellent it was also clearly at its peak, so the Estate '02? I wouldn't take the risk without a plan B (though I'm quite confident you had one).
Harry shavua tov and Yom Yerushalayim Sameach to those that celebrate!
Domaine Netofa, Latour Red 2010: An interesting (from one of the most interesting wineries in Israel) and different wine than the 2009 while still keeping a similar flavor profile. Pierre Miodownick (the winemaker) advised me to open it an hour before drinking and so we did but it kept developing in the glass and paired pretty well with the food (beef stew). Dark purple toward garnet at the rim, medium-bodied with on the nose and palate meaty and smoky notes, plums, oak and spices and a bit of tar on the moderately long finish. My personal feeling was that it lacked a bit of acidity and backbone and the tannins were almost unfelt. Perhaps we opened it too early and I'd be very interested to retaste it in 8-12 months.
Dalton, Zinfandel 2007: First I'd like to express my thanks again (the 'responsible' will eventually recognize himself) for the opportunity to enjoy this great wine! Very dark purple, full-bodied with on the nose an explosion of blueberry jam almost hiding some notes of fresh lavender, on the palate again ripe blueberries, Mediterranean spices and sweet oak and vanilla from the american barrels it was aged in with well-integrated tannins rising on a luscious and long mouth-feeling finish. Yumm! (I think I'm at the beginning of a love affair with well-made Zin'!).
Psagot, Cabernet Sauvignon 2008: Dark, almost black garnet, medium-full-bodied with on the nose black currants and blackberries, these showing also on the palate with some some nice cigar box and Mediterranean herbs and notes of vanilla as well as some dark chocolate, elegant with plenty of bracing acidity and mouth-coating tannins rising on the very long finish. The best Cabernet Sauvignon IMHO from the Judean Hills, showing more elegance and less fruit-forward than most its pears from the North.