... Deep cherry-red with on the nose screaming fresh juicy green and red bell peppers, sour cherries and fresh tobacco leaves. Medium-bodied the palate is filled with plums, charred bell peppers, red cherries, earthy minerals, spicy cedar wood with good acidity and focused nice tannins rising on the moderately long finish. Quite young with a few more years to improve and shine. Definitely one of the best israeli expressions of the variety and very reminiscent of the last one I've tasted at the Ella Valley winery (2009)."Anyone that mistakes it for anything else other than Cabernet Franc must be at least half brain dead"
Isaac Chavel wrote:Friday night: 2010 Le Mourre de l'Isle. Lovely as ever. Also tasted 2009 Carmel Appelation Cabernet Sauvignon. Very nice, but a drop too sweet for me. Shabbat lunch: 2010 Joseph Mellot Sancerre and 2009 Gush Etzion Cabernet Franc. Both just wonderful.
I have had the Sancerre before and it did not disappoint. I've noticed some complaints about it by others but do not count me in. On the other hand, it is somewhat overpriced.
The cab franc started out a bit tight but opened up beautifully with some elegance and restraint. I think, at this point, my pecking order in cab francs (1) 2010 Psagot (2) 2009 Gush Eztion (3) 2009 Ella Valley --- just preference, all in the same quality class. I haven't had many others from Israel in recent memory. Hope to rectify the situation.
David Raccah wrote:You and I do not see eye to eye on the Sancerre, but that is fine - did you find it dry and acidic enough, I found it lacking. The Royal event will have other Sancerre - not that one, I think Victor brings in that bottle - correct? LOVE the 2009 Gush CF as posted in my blog about the winery visit - FILTHY!
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