Opened for a forum offline at my place this past weekend, I do believe this impressed those who had little or no experience with Israeli. I thought it was lovely, and held it's own against some big hitters.
Galil Mountain, Yiron, Galilee 2007
Nice, aromatic but low key nose, with prominent notes of white pepper and juicy dark fruit. On the nose and palate, a personality of tobacco, blueberry, cassis, bright red fruits, herbs, and earth, with dried rose petal aromatics. Juicy, with Mediterranean acid balance and personality. I like it a lot. 5 more years. 62% Cab Sauv, 31% Merlot, 7% Syrah. Kosher ***1/2
"The sun, with all those planets revolving about it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else to do"
(avatar: me next to the WIYN 3.5 meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory)