I have no words to describe this... fragments of "wow" and "amazing" might do.
GG will fill you in, as we snuck tastes of port right and left, shameless folks
*After due course of a nights sleep and sobering, with my coffee in hand I add this... I wont do it justice so I suggest GG make his own thread*
We started off the night at Gush etzion winery, the fact that for 5 years I passed the junction and never there was such an amazing restaurant so close was my loss but im glad I found it, as you all know I love their cab franc '09.. I wont discuss gush as gab will.
We drove to kiryat arba, we made our way to Kinor David got there at about 9pm, first we got the winery tour, then we entered the cellar.
David Edri is the perfect host, he dots on you and he never fails to amaze and shock. The cellar is pretty packed these days and I have tasted a lot on these after many pleadings and cajoling.
The first taste was the 8 year port, this was the 5 year port bottle previously but now 8 years. Strong and flavored aromas that excites your senses, its hard to describe the taste, its sweet but doesbnt have they honey or chocolate liquor like taste of the other ports.. it has tastes of tobacco and chocolate but they arent so strong as to drown out the ports many flavors and layers
10 year port - this has an amazing smell, like a combination of spices from vasco di gama's storehouse, cloves and cinnamon and stuff I cant even name but sets your mind in a dream. Strong and tasty it doesnt have the strong chocolate and tobacco of the 8 year, more of a spice wonder with fruits galore?
Sherry Andolouisie - As my hearing isnt there yet, I missed this story.. but something about aged 2 years in oak barrels in the sun, cabarnet saviugnon and sherry? It took us 2-3 minutes just to overcome the smell of the garden of eden, its tantalizing and devouring, you lose yourself in the glass, the first sip sets your mind soaring upwards, and when the glass is empty you mourn at having finished off such greatness...
My descriptions do not sound objective, I sound like a Kinor David shill... heaven in my whiteness that since i was there 1 year ago I have begged every one to go... Gab will weigh in and uhh you judge for yourself... or go to the winery or buy a bottle from gab
Next up I begged for a barrel tasting of his young cab franc which is tasting very well, it will sit in barrels for 20 months, will restate on my return in feburary. We tasted the straight cab sav, we also tasted a blend of cab sav, syrah, petite vardot and i think franc?
On prior tastings I had his pinot noir from barrel, sryah + cab franc? pinot noir + cab sav and others..
We spent about 3 hours there, he showed us a 100 year old port? i dunno honestly, this guy has a new surprise every time i go.. and he has a brandy they made thats right now aging..(I wonder about the brandy as well as he has kosher flavored barrels to use)
If you go, bring cash to buy.. you will buy becvause the stuff is that good, and buy at least 1 bottle as a courtesy to a man that will give you the time of his day or night to share the stuff he makes...