Hi Harry, shavua tov,
I need a vacation. But I admit not having taken enough into account this matter when I decided to start my own business... Well, it is what it is....
Domaine Netofa, Latour White 2010: Made of 100% Chenin Blanc aged partially in french oak barrels, light straw, with on the nose citrus fruit, some oaky notes and daffodils, the palate on this medium to full-bodied wine features a slightly oily texture with citrus fruits such as lemon and yellow grapefruit, followed by notes of toasty oak and hints of mirabelle plums with a nice structure combining bright acidity and a tiny bit of tannins leading to a moderately long and elegant finish. This is an elegant white wine having in my opinion the potential to age for a few years if well stored, I'd give it 2 more years or so.
Teperberg, Silver Chardonnay 2010: In Switzerland we have an expression: Être déçu en bien
. Literally this means "to be positively disappointed", in other words: to be pleasantly surprised. My experience with this wine is an excellent example as this pale gold Chardonnay oak-aged for 6 months BUT mevushal is not showing, at least not yet, any sign of its mevushal treatment. And Thank G'd for that!
Full-bodied with on the nose ripe golden apples and citrus fruits along with toasty brioche from the oak, the palate is mouth-filling with a creamy structure reminding, YES! believe or not the Castel C, again apples, brioche and notes of butterscotch as well as a bit of lemon on the long finish. Well made and a QPR winner.
Barkan, Assemblage, Eitan 2008: One of the 3 wines in the big success that is the new Assemblage series by the Barkan Winery. A single vineyard blend of 45% Syrah, 40% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon grown at Mount Eitan in the Judean Hills and aged for 12 months in mostly used french oak barrels. Dark, almost impenetrable garnet with on the nose blackcurrants, blackberries, a hint of raspberries and light notes of smoked wood. Full-bodied, the wine features on the palate also blackcurrants and blackberries with the raspberries not showing as much as on the nose but the toasty oak is clearly felt along with tar, dark chocolate and vanilla, bracing acidity and almost mouth-coating tannins on a long finish. Elegant and well crafted.
GHW, Gamla, Nebbiolo 2008: This is actually a single vineyard wine from the fame Odem vineyard known also as being the highest in Israel at 1200 meters above sea level. Dark ruby toward purple, almost full-bodied with on the nose cherries and blackcurrants as well as hints of wet dirt and freshly cut grass, on the palate sour cherries, black and red currants along with red plums and licorice, some notes of wet dirt with very nice minerality, bracing acidity with some earthy bitterness and still integrating tannins leading to a mouth-filling finish. This is a polished wine and I liked it even more than the 2009 which I also enjoyed a few months ago. This wine is, IMHO, clearly the best of the bunch in the Gamla series.
Wishing you all a good as possible week (no wine until next Friday night for me...