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Settle Down / WeeksEnd wine

Postby Harry J » Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:18 am

bsd
At times it seems that just when we want to relax the phone or doorbell rings.
Sometimes it's a sudden challenge or even as the say a curve ball.
Perhaps a dissapointment. Often it seems like the scenarios are laid out for us
its up to us how we deliver our lines.
Have a good one; h
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Re: Settle Down / WeeksEnd wine

Postby Gabriel Geller » Sat Dec 08, 2012 2:11 pm

Shavua tov Harry and happy Chanukah!

Friday night:

Carmel Appellation Petite Sirah 2005: My very last bottle (unless I get lucky and find more somewhere), while this bottle showed fully mature and absolutely beautiful in every way (all the guests were very impressed and pleased yet sorry that there was only one bottle), without a doubt and IMHO the very best QPR ever by Carmel (paid 65 shekel for this one, that's $17).

Tulip, Mostly Cabernet Franc 2010: Showed very nicely this time, a very good Cabernet Franc, ready to drink (not for long cellaring, now-2014/15), solid and easy drinking.

Shabbat lunch:

Thanks to David Raccah, a never-to-be-released half bottle. It will be available only at a restaurant in Israel that bought all the production.

Lueria, dry Gewürztraminer 2012: Not bone-dry but quite not your usual off-dry Gewurz either. Pale straw with light green-ish reflections, a beautiful nose of classic yet very ripe almost candy-like lychee, honeysuckle and peaches. Medium-bodied with on the palate lychees, white peaches, spicy apricot and a hint of mango with a tiny dollop of residual sugar à la 2010 Carmel Kayoumi Riesling with ginger-spiced honey on the moderately long finish. Lacking some acidity and that showed when tasted Friday with David but drinking it ice cold on Shabbat helped masking this. Very pleasant anyway.

Happy Chanukah to all! :)

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Re: Settle Down / WeeksEnd wine

Postby Bill Coleman » Sat Dec 08, 2012 9:10 pm

Friday night = Carmel Kayoumi 2007 Shiraz
Saturday = Ella Valley 2009 Cabernet Franc
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Re: Settle Down / WeeksEnd wine

Postby Isaac C » Sat Dec 08, 2012 10:36 pm

Dalton Alma Bordeaux blend 2009 - very enjoyable.
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Re: Settle Down / WeeksEnd wine

Postby Shlomo R » Sun Dec 09, 2012 2:21 am

2007 Galil Mountain Yiron this weekend - slight cork taint, but I was able to ignore it. Had some Willet Rye on Saturday morning - really an excellent, potent rye whiskey, packed with a great deal more flavor than Redemption Rye, which is the other rye I've really been enjoying lately.
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Re: Settle Down / WeeksEnd wine

Postby YoelA » Sun Dec 09, 2012 2:41 am

2000 Chateau la Commanderie de Mazeyres (Pomerol) (Rogov's review at viewtopic.php?f=29&t=37413&p=311926&hilit=+pomerol#p311926) and 2005 Schloss Schonborn Johannisberger Klaus kabinett (which was unusually sweet for a kabinett)
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Re: Settle Down / WeeksEnd wine

Postby Pinchas L » Sun Dec 09, 2012 3:20 am

Hi Harry,

Asif Viognier 2009 - While it is not as complex as the 2008 it is enjoyable nonetheless. Its nose is honeyed and spicy, and so is the palate. Although it is technically dry, its floral notes give you a sweet sensation. The primary notes are those of honey, ginger, apricots and white pepper. 13% AbV. B-/**

Hagafen Prix Pinot Noir Single Vineyard Fagan Creek Block 38 2007 - On the first sip I thought the wine betrayed its Pinot Noir roots with toasted oak it could not handle, but after a while those high notes got back in line. The combination of cocoa, cherry and toast is quite racy, offering an interpretation of Pinot decidedly not Burgundian nor Oregonian. Once I got past the mental block of having a Pinot this racy, it was in fact very enjoyable. Though I will add that underneath the racy profile lies a delicately textured body that is very much that of Pinot Noir. Of the various single vineyard bottles of Hagafen's Pinot Noir I've had of late, this is definitely the best. 13.5% AbV. B+/**

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Re: Settle Down / WeeksEnd wine

Postby gaston k » Sun Dec 09, 2012 12:42 pm

Fri Night - Four Gates MSC Merlot 2008 - still young, but already the best four gates I have tried.
Sat Lunch - glass of Barkan PN 2010, and a heartier glass of Affligem's Noel, a nice intermediary between a tripel and a dubbel
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Re: Settle Down / WeeksEnd wine

Postby Harry J » Sun Dec 09, 2012 2:18 pm

hi; the elvi vino encina 2004 , seems it went beyond the rogov window at least to me. colors browning though .The wine enjoyable,drink up as they say.
On the terrenal cab 2010 david racah was on the button.basicaly got the five dollars worth :wink: h
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Re: Settle Down / WeeksEnd wine

Postby Z Spigelman » Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:52 pm

Hi Harry.
Friday night - Gvaot Herodion Merlot 2009.
Shabbat lunch - Galil Mt. Viognier 2011 and Bravdo Shiraz 2007.
Really impressed by the Viognier and it is also reasonably priced. Enjoyed it more than the Avivim.
Shavua Tov V'Chanukah Sameach.
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Re: Settle Down / WeeksEnd wine

Postby Adam M » Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:25 pm

2006 Yatir Shiraz - drinking amazingly. Perhaps one of my favorite wines ever
2006 Tzora Misty Hills - came out of the bottle a tiny bit stale but then opened up and became very good.
2006 Yarden Tel Phares Syrah - seems over the hill, very disappointing. May try to return the bottle
Yarden T2 - really enjoyed this but I'm thinking that it won't peak for at 6-12 months
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Re: Settle Down / WeeksEnd wine

Postby Yossie Horwitz » Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:00 pm

Recanati, Mediterranean Reserve, Old Vine Carignan, 2010
Dalton, Fume, Sauvignon Blanc, 2011
Psagot, Prat, n.v.
Flam, Blanc, 2010
Tzora, Judean Hills, 2009
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Re: Settle Down / WeeksEnd wine

Postby Z Spigelman » Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:02 pm

Hi Adam.
I'm shocked about the YardenTel Phares Syrah 2006.
It is one of my favorite Syrahs and I have saved a bottle since Daniel z"l gave it until 2017.
Has anyone had a similar experience?
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Re: Settle Down / WeeksEnd wine

Postby Adam M » Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:45 pm

I was beyond shocked, and quite embarrassed, too, b/c I served the bottle last with our main course. Now that I know you're interested, I'll try another bottle this week and will report back...
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Re: Settle Down / WeeksEnd wine

Postby Isaac Chavel » Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:24 am

2010 Recanati, Cabernet Sauvignon (regular series). Nice easy drinking.
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Re: Settle Down / WeeksEnd wine

Postby Steven B » Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:59 pm

Le Soreq Merlot 2011. Opened with heavy tannin (in a good way) but mellowed out after about an hour or so. All in all a pretty good value at $15.
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Re: Settle Down / WeeksEnd wine

Postby Elie Poltorak » Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:31 am

As usual, I'm late to the party.

2010 Gvaot Herodian Pinot Noir: A/** I've fawned enough about this wine but I must say it's maturing rather quicker than I expected. Raccah may turn out to be right about the shorter drinking window, but we shall see.

2010 Yarden Sauvignon Blanc: B-/** A simple quaffer.

2009 Dalton Wild Yeast Viognier: A/*** I'm sure everyone herer knows how much I love this wine.

2007 Galil Mountain Yiron: A-/*** On of my go-to favorites.

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Re: Settle Down / WeeksEnd wine

Postby David Raccah » Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:04 am

Hah Elie I outdid you this week!!!

http://kosherwinemusings.com/2012/12/14 ... last-week/

Some very "interesting" wines for ALL THE WRONG reasons! Man, I suffered last week! This week is looking much better!!! I hope you enjoy some of the descriptors.

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Re: Settle Down / WeeksEnd wine

Postby Andrew B » Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:57 pm



Domaine Ventura didn't try too hard to come up with an original Chard label -- almost a dead ringer for Castel
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Re: Settle Down / WeeksEnd wine

Postby David Raccah » Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:47 pm

We laugh so much about that Andrew! When asked - he supposedly said that Castel stole it from him!!!!!
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