Hi Harry, shavua tov!
Well, I did follow your advice for lunch as I had a wine which was at its peak. I don't know whether Ernie Weir is the best winemaker in the world but he certainly is quite an excellent one for sure!
American wine shabbat for me!
B.R. Cohn, Cabernet Sauvignon, Trestle Glen Estate Vineyard 2008: Deep garnet in color with a concentrated nose bursting with ripe blue fruit and lightly toasted oak, followed on the palate of this medium to full-bodied wine by cherries, black currants, red plums, cigar tobacco with slightly sweet and spicy wood as well as hints of bitter dark chocolate rising with almost integrated tannins on the averagely long finish. Nice, clean and smooth. For some reason I did expect a bit more complexity and perhaps something different yet this is a fine CabSav and I can but only say a big thank you for this unexpected yet greatly appreciated birthday gift given to me a few months ago by one of our fellow members here.
Hagafen, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2003: Dark garnet with on the nose ripe black currants, blackberries and vanilla, full-bodied with on the palate bright black fruit alongside sweet cherries, toasty cedar wood, milk chocolate and soft silky tannins on the long almost creamy finish. Delicious, clearly at its peak, throwing a bit of sediment but definitely not over the hill yet I'd drink any bottle left within the next 6-9 months. Now, just for you all to be jealous
(Joel D Parker, Chaim and all the folks living nearby - if you're interested please read carefully): I paid only 59 shekels for this bottle! Yes!
15 US DOLLARS for a Hagafen Cab! (bought 2 in addition to the Pinot '06 I had over sukkot). Available at Mandel's Drinks 200 Ben Yehuda St. Tel Aviv.