YoelA wrote:2006 Edna Valley pinot noir
I guess you mean the Herzog Reserve?
Harry, hi, shavua tov,
Wednesday night, had a nice meal of Wiener Schnitzel (breaded veal sirloin) paired with a half-bottle of GHW Gamla CS '08 at Buffalo Steakhouse in Emek Refaim, Jerusalem. The wine took a little while to open up, then showed some simple dark fruit, essentially blackberries, medium to full bodied and dark garnet, nothing impressive but not bad either, as always with the Gamla CS.
Friday night: Had brought a bottle of GHW Yarden Syrah 2006 to my host but there were 2 other bottles and when asked, I advised to open:
Tabor Mes'cha 2005: Had offered this bottle to my host about a month ago for his birthday, we wanted for his son to be there to open it so last night was the right opportunity to do so. Dark Garnet toward ruby, full-bodied, a muscular but elegant wine (a CS-Merlot-Shiraz blend) that can be easily mistaken for the Yatir Blended Red. Dark fruits, blackberries and perhaps even some cranberries, mouth-coating tannins and plums all lingering nicely with some spicy oak on the long finish. The bottle was emptied out in no time.
GHW Gamla Nebbiolo 2009: I have a bottle of this wine but of the '08 vintage in my cellar that I planned to bring to the same host one day, however another guest brought the '09 and I was very very curious to taste it as I had never drunk any Gamla Nebbiolo before. The wine was indeed a bit too young, with tannins that still need time to integrate, but showed very nicely after 10 minutes or so in the glass. Knowing that Nebbiolo is a grape sharing some characteristics with the Pinot Noir, it wasn't a surprise for me to see that the wine was bright ruby/brick, medium to full-bodied with raspberries and violets on the nose, and even jasmine! On the palate, red fruit, raspberries and red currants with some hints of Mediterranean herbs and a mouth-filling finish, truly a great wine, and a lovely experience.
Shabbat lunch: Binyamina Reserve Shiraz 2006: This wine has been lying for almost 4 years in my cellar, and has aged beautifully, clearly at its peak now but should hold it for at least 2 more years I believe, if properly stored. Dark ruby and full-bodied, a refreshing nose of blackberries, oak and smoked meat followed on the palate by blackberries, juicy plums, oregano, roasted meat, white pepper, bakers chocolate and oak with a light spiciness on the looooong finish. Delicious!
Have a great week!