Shavua tov! Harry, did you open something special for the end of the world?
The Cave, 2006: A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, aged for 24 months in french oak barrels. Garnet in color (חכליל or "chachlil"
as now translated by the newly released glossary of Hebrew Wine Terms...), with on the nose ripe, almost jammy cherries, raspberries and tobacco. Full-bodied with on the palate again ripe cherries, raspberries, blackberries with a hint of tar, cherry liquor and sweet tobacco on the moderately long finish with very soft, integrated tannins. The wine is clearly at its peak thus I wouldn't hold any leftover bottles for too long. Until the 2008 vintage that is absolutely delicious, well-extracted, layered and refined, The Cave wines never really impressed me and this one makes no exception. Reminded me of the Binyamina Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve of the same vintage (06) that was 60% cheaper...
Recanati, Petite Sirah-Zinfandel Reserve 2009: A fruit bomb
. A blend of 90% Petite-Sirah and 10% Zinfandel, aged 8 months in american oak barrels. Dark, impenetrable purple with a beautiful, heavily perfumed nose of ripe blueberries, spicy wood, lavender and plums. Full-bodied with on the palate ripe blueberries (more like sweetened super ripe billberries), boysenberries and dark plums with spicy wood and peppermint rising with almost mouth-coating tannins on the long finish. Yum.
Gat Shomron, Shiraz 2008: From vineyards located in both Shiloh (Shomron) and the Upper Galilee, aged for 32 months
in french oak barrels. Curiously (ok, not really), this wine does not carry "Reserve" on the label whereas the following wine which spent "only" 8 months in the barrels does...
First of all Thank G-d! this was not an oak bomb. Dark garnet towards purple, with on the nose black plums, raspberries and leather with some spicy wood. Full-bodied with on the palate plums, ripe blackberries, raspberries, tar, earthy minerals, spicy cedar wood and with an appealing note of juicy green olives with nice tannins showing along on the long finish. Not bad at all.
Gat Shomron, Carignan Reserve 2009: Made from old vines Carignan grapes from a Judean Hills vineyard and aged for 8 months in french oak barrels. Very dark garnet towards purple with on the nose blackberries, raspberries and wild mushrooms as well as black pepper, pretty much of the same showing on the somewhat dusty medium to full-bodied palate along with allspice, licorice black pepper and fresh coffee with bold, almost chewy tannins showing on the long and mouth-filling finish. Very nice.
Gat Shomron (yes, again...), Gatot 2008, "delicately sweetened" dessert wine: A very uncommon animal. A sweetened
Bordeaux-blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot to which sugar was added after the fermentation was stopped. A dark ruby towards garnet wine with on the nose dark cherries, milk chocolate, hot caramelized nuts and plums. This a medium to full-bodied wine with on the palate much of the same as on the nose with a moderate not-cloying sweetness, juicy raspberries and caramelized almonds giving lightly bitter feel on the mid-palate followed by milk chocolate-covered cherries (with liquor) as well as almost searing tannins on the almost endless finish. Lovely, I intend on sipping a bit of this wine for a few weeks to see how it develops.
A peaceful and good week to all,