For kiddush, I opened my very last bottle of my beloved 2011 Flam Rose, but I certainly wasn't left wishing I had more (after the dozens of bottles I've consumed
), as this wine has faded fast and is not a pale shadow of its former self. Now I see why others (Raccah comes to mind) were complaining about the 2010 (which I missed altogether) earlier this year. Can't wait for the 2012!
More bad luck with the 2009 Dalton Reserve Wild Yeast Viognier--another wine I fell in love with--which I've been drinking weekly to get through my remaining stock. This wine peaked quite a while ago but it's still usually very enjoyable, having turned sweet and honeyed. Unfortunately, it won't last forever, and the bottle I had this Shabbos was very oxidized. I'm going to drink up the few bottles I have left before it's too late (I hope the rest are still good!). Now we need to mount a lobbying effort to get Dalton to stop wasting this wine on the Alma.
I had better luck with my next 2 bottles:
2009 Recanati Kerem Ba'al Wild Carignan: A-/** Very interesting. Heady nose with loads of fresh-picked berries. On first attack, it feels like you chomped down on a mouthful of tart blueberries. Crazy blue with bracing but pleasant acidity. After that you get loads of berry flavors, including raspberry, blackberry, and others... Not too long on the finish. A very exciting wine, totally different than anything else out there. Much better than the 2010.
2007 Yarden Pinot Noir B++/*** Another wine that's past its peak, so I'm trying to get through my remaining stock as quickly as possible. The last bottle I had was completely gone, so I was very pleasantly surprised to find this wine alive and kicking!