Hi Harry Shavua tov!
Lewis Pasco, Pasco Project #1, 2012: The first wine released by our friend and fellow forumite Lewis Pasco as part of his own winery which he started upon his return to Israel during the summer of 2012. As a quick reminder, Lewis is well-known in Israel as the founding winemaker of Recanati there he worked the 2000-2007 harvests and is also responsible for the 1997-1999 wines of the Tishbi winery (Cabernet Sauvignon Special Reserve 1999...). I actually made kidush on this wine both Friday night and shabbat morning as well as havdala. I decanted it 3 hours before drinking Friday afternoon and it was still going very strong 25 hours later. So this is the first "serious" red wine from the great 2012 vintage that I drank. I gotta say that it was the second time I had it but the first time at home in the quiet and with all the time and tools to play with it. So, a "Bordeaux-plus" blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot flushed out with 3% Petite Sirah, all from the Shomron region, and aged for 9 months in new french oak barrels. Deep garnet with a royal purple robe with on the nose intense, ripe blackberries and currents as well as cinnamon, herbs and toasted oak. Full-bodied with nice extraction featuring more black fruit on the palate as well as oriental spices with black cherries on the mid-palate as well as a touch of basil, very nice acidity and searing tannins with notes of bittersweet chocolate lingering on the long finish. Very well-made, needs still some time to fully come around and will likely develop further complexity, a clean wine with a structure solid enough to last 7-8 years past harvest. 14.5% Abv. Well-done Lewis, wishing you much success!
GMW, Yiron 2008: It's been almost 2 years since I last had this wine and indeed it has evolved a bit since then. A Bordeaux-blend comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, aged for 16 months in french oak barrels. Dark garnet towards purple with on the nose fresh forest berries, a bit of wet earth and vanilla. Full-bodied with on the palate plenty of juicy black and red berries as well as roasted herbs and a touch of tar, followed by a dollop of loamy dirt and tobacco with notes of vanilla and roasted coffee beans with good tannins and bracing acidity that rise on the long and mouth-filling finish. Easy to drink compared with the previous vintages but the structure is there and I believe it will develop more and show some interesting secondary and tertiary aromas in 2-3 years. 15% Abv.