I have just returned from an awesome trip to Israel. One of the highlights was a wine tasting trip in the Judean Hills led by none other than Gabriel Geller. Gabe, my wife and I cant thank you enough.
We were joined by Gabe's friend, Ilan Abitbol, a Phd in Neuro Biology but he prefers to be a wine consultant and professor. Wow that's passion. Ill share my thoughts but don't expect tasting notes from me. Ill leave that to Gabriel. We had a great day , one that I wont forget.
2011 Chardonnay- very good , not very Oaky , green apples and guava
2011 Metzuda semillion sauvignon- good very dry , lemony and crisp'
2010 Metzuda Cab/ Merlot/ Cab Franc- Loved it, Earthy , Spicey
2010 Metzuda Syrah - Very Good , Buttery, Low tannins, good acidity
Port style Red Dessert wine- I don't have enough experience to comment on this type of wine
06/07 white Desert wine- delicious, amber color, cognac, apricot , carmelized bananas
08/09 barrel tasting of the above - Awesome, lighter in color, pineapple, honey
Shhh! I stole some of the descriptive words from Gabriel
2010- Chardonnay- Good, Nutty
2010 Evered Cab/Merlot- good . you can defintely taste that the merlot dominates, very tannic , spicey
2010 Merlot- Very good, cinnamon, Vanilla, Leathery, good balance of tannin and aCID
2009 Syrah- Loved it Best wine of the day!, The nose is flowery, good balance, great finish. took a bottle to my shabbat hosts . they loved it.
2007 Vinyards Choice Cabernet Sauvignon, Very Good, Velvety, good balance, Nice Acid and Tanins. Ilan said it was right on, varietally.
2006 muscat - Not my thing but very nice, butter scotch, candied orange peel