Steven B wrote:And I'm torn on whether to drink the 2010 Psagot Edom now or to give it more time in the bottle and wait until Pesach. I don't know whether six months is enough to even make much of a difference.
Very nice picks Steve!
I don't know what you decided but I would indeed wait until at least Pesach for the Edom '10, six months would make a difference, yes. Having tasted the Edom '09 both at the winery in November '11 and for Yom Haatzmaut in May '12 the wine was clearly more ready. I've tasted the Edom '10 a few weeks ago at the Jerusalem wine festival and while approachable, it was a bit closed.
Now back to my picks for the holiday:
GHW, Yarden Blanc de Blancs 2005: Great as always.
GHW, Yarden Chardonnay Odem Organic Vineyard 2008: Gold with green reflections, full-bodied with on the nose oak, caramel, pears and honeysuckle, going on to reveal on the palate caramelized apples, toasted oak, earthy minerals, salted butter and notes of spicy-sweet roasted butternut squash on the long finish. Very good on its own yet I'm afraid that my palate is in an a strange stage that tends to rejects oaked Chardonnay (including Castel and the rest of Yarden's line up). Except for the Gvaot Chardonnay-Cabernet '11, I've been struggling lately to enjoy such wines as much as I used to. I guess I should take some time off...
Carmel, Shaal Vineyard Gewurztraminer Late Harvest 2006: Last time I enjoyed this wine was for Sukkot last year. It was even better this time. Deep Gold towards orange, full-bodied with on the nose ripe apricots, lychee, and honey, the same showing on the palate together with candied orange peel, mango, mirabelle plums jam, ripe juicy cantaloupe and guava on the very long finish. Well-balanced, smooth, not too thick, good acidity. This one can last easily for 2-3 more years IMHO. DELICIOUS.
Barkan, Superieur Pinotage 2007: Deep garnet, the nose says sweet and spicy with cardamon, cinnamon, dates, roasted meat and red plums. On first attack I was surprised as the wine felt a bit flat. I expected an explosion of sweet fruit and spice and I was left with just some sour blackberries and bit of black pepper yet as the wine developed in the glass some bold blackberries, with cracked pepper, cinnamon and cloves started showing on the mid palate going on to reveal notes of roasted smoked beef and more black pepper with sour plums and cherries on a long and dry finish with almost mouth-coating tannins. Where the wine showed light to medium-bodied on the first attack, it was more medium to full from the mid-palate towards the finish. There was no sweetness in there and no sediments either as opposed to what has been reported by many on cellartracker. Enjoyable but I'm not a fan.
Tabor, Pninim, Cabernet Sauvignon 2011: PC OFF...
GHW, Yarden Syrah Ortal Vineyard 2004: Viva la bomba! Dark garnet towards purple, huge jammy raspberries and blackberries on the nose as well as sweet cedarwood, saddle leather and fresh cigars, full-bodied with on the palate jammy raspberries, sweet oak, plums, ripe cherries, a hint of date and almond as well as dried cranberries, roasted meat and fresh mediterranean herbs with tannins showing bigger as the wine developed in the glass on the long and slightly hot finish reminiscent of Heering cherry liquor. Powerful yet velvety, throwing a tiny bit of sediment but still has a nice future I think. The sweet fruit and high alcohol profile is very new world yet this wine is very different from any israeli Shiraz I've tasted so far.
Hevron Heights, Judean Heights Late Harvest 2009: At first look, a very interesting blend of 65% Semillon, 25% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Riesling late harvested, cold fermented for 2 months then aged for 14 months in Hungarian oak barrels. Bright gold, a nose of dried apricots, white flowers and apples. Full-bodied, reminded me more of a muscat, sweet perhaps too sweet, with on the palate dried apricots, walnuts, plum jam, raisins and funky halva on a long finish. Not bad at all but lacking balance and complexity and a bit too sweet, I expected something far more interesting.
Shana Tova, Happy new year to all,