YoelA wrote:My plan - for the red - Livni 2009 pinot noir, followed if necessary by Tabor 2006 13,000, and for the whiye -2010 Domaine Netofa.
YoelA wrote:2009 Livni pinot noir - I see from various comments that there are quite different opinions on this wine. Following Gabriel's recommendation I decanted it an hour before dinner. Yes, it did throw some sediment but also needed some air. Drank a glass Thursday, had a small taste Friday, finished the bottle tonight (Saturday).
To me the wine was not a typical pinot noir. It has a higher alcoholic content, similar to a number of California pinots where the winery wanted the grapes picked as ripe as possible. There is a fair aount of fruit in the wine, both in the entry and in the finish (but in the finish only after being open quite a while) but the taste is not that of a typical pinot - much more concentrated black fruit than usual. and the wine is pretty astringent at this time. Doesn't seem to me to have the finesse - actual or potential - that I look for in a pinot. So far the 2008 Vitkin is still the best Israeli pinot I have drunk. Still holding onto the 2008 Ella Valley for a future occasion.
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