Craig Winchell wrote:Shabbos night, for kiddush and meal, we drank a perfect bottle of '97 GAN EDEN Limited Reserve Cab. We're towards the end of the usable life of the wine, so a perfect bottle doesn't happen too often. Since I'm a bit of an egoist, it's always a pleasure to see something I got right, and as of now, the only thing I have that reminds me of the meaningfulness of my career choice is that wine, the present wines being not truly under my control. So a real pleasure. There's a nice black currantiness still there, and that's the overwhelming fruit flavor present. No overt oak to speak of. The impression of balance. Mostly, the intriguing flavors which come from aging, and subtle at that. In any case, no wine for lunch. Then off to Mishnah Berurah group at a friend's house. He had '07 Hagafen Merlot and '05 Prix Melange on the table. Prix was the weightier of the two. Both had intense ripeness. The Prix was the richer of the two. But for all that, the PRix exhibited a really intense American Oak character which camoflaged any fruit flavors present. The Merlot had distinct other flavors, which I did not writed down because I couldn't, but was definitely the more complex of the two wines, and frankly, I liked the Merlot better than the Prix. I thought both were good for what they were, but I'm just not a fan of overt oak, so thumb up to the MErlot. Still, the '97 GAN EDEN was my wine of the Shabbos.
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