Shavua Tov Harry!
Tishbi Estate Merlot 2005: Very good as always, only one bottle left in my cellar. ): Almost time to move on to the '07 vintage (unfortunately I don't have any bottle of the '06).
Next, and following my recent and great experience last Thursday with the '09 vinatge, I wanted to check and eventually confirm my statement that it's even better than the '08, and yes it is!
I believe that the higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the '09 plays an important part for it having more richness compared to the '08.
Dalton Alma Red Bordeaux-blend 2008: Deep, almost black garnet with on the nose dark fruit and spices, also showing on the palate of this full-bodied wine revealing indeed blackberries, mediterranean herbs, tobacco and notes of dark chocolate providing a pleasant hint of bitterness on the long and mouth-filling finish. I see this one as having a more "Bordelaise" personality compared to the '09 and pairing better with "regular" food while the '09 was great with the juicy entrecote steaks I had it with on Thursday.
GHW, Gamla Chardonnay 2008: Bright gold, with on the nose apples and hints of orange, a medium to full-bodied wine that is still very much alive as it was very well stored. On the palate apples and citrus notes with a light hint of toasted oak on a moderate finish. Nice with sushi.
Tabor, Adama Cabernet Sauvignon Terra Rossa 2009: Dark garnet with on the nose and palate of this full-bodied wine black currants and black cherries, well-balanced with bracing acidity and spices along with dark chocolate showing with mouth-coating tannins on the long finish that have apparently not yet completely integrated. Quite a QPR wine that I would love to see how it will develop over the next 4-5 years.
A few more wines tonight at my cousin's birthday dinner:
Tishbi Gewurztraminer 2010: Pale gold with on the nose and palate tropical and citrus fruit, a medium-bodied and off-dry wine as Gewurtzraminer should be, was actually a nice surprise as I had heard unenthusiastic comments on this wine but at the end of the day this is a good Gewurtz' for the price.
Jerusalem Winery, Nikanor Cabernet Sauvignon 2006: This wine had aged nicely but is now clearly at its peak. Dark garnet, with on the nose and palate ripe, almost jammy dark and red forest fruit, among which blackberries and red currants, with spices complementing the near-sweet tannins on the long finish. A QPR winner.