Harry, folks, shavua tov!
Recanati, Reserve, Syrah 2007: 97% Syrah and 3% Viognier aged 16 months in french oak barrels. Deep yet bright purple with barely noticeable sediment, the perfumed nose features some floral notes as well as classic plums, blackberries and leather followed by a hint of smoke. Medium to full-bodied (leaning to the full) with on the palate concentrated, sweet but controlled ripe blackberries and plums, then going to show some espresso roast, still nice acid and earthiness with spicy sweet vanilla and bittersweet chocolate as well as integrating tannins on the long and mouth-filling finish. Delightful Syrah drinking beautifully now. May have 2 or 3 more years before going belly up.
Some nice glass of Carmel 100 Brandy as an always enjoyable aperitif or digestif.
Finished the bottle of Recanati then with dessert:
Binyamina, Reserve, Gewürztraminer Late Harvest Cluster Select 2009: Deep, orange-ish gold with on the nose honeyed apricots, honeysuckle and sweet green tea with a not of ripe orange, full-bodied and sinfully viscous with on the palate spicy honeyed apricots and candied ginger to remind of the 15-20% or so botrytis-impacted grapes involved here along with candied guava, candied orange and good acid followed by notes of honeydew and lychees with a long and again viscous mouth-filling finish. Delicious and definitely one of the best kosher dessert wines.
Before a long nap, a nice amber-colored dose of Aberlour 12 yo.
Best wishes to all for an excellent week,