Song / WeeksEnd wine

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Song / WeeksEnd wine

Postby Harry J » Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:51 am

When several people are singing together;the harmony has to be set up properly to achieve the best results.Firstly, all to have to sing on key.And timing is very important;one has to know when to jump in. And when done right the music can be so special.
Have a good one; h
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Re: Song / WeeksEnd wine

Postby Gabriel Geller » Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:01 pm

Shavua tov and moed tov Harry!

Friday night:

Alexander, Reserve, Gaston Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Shiraz 2008: Smooth and lovely, drinking very well now.

GHW, Golan Merlot 2010: Not worthy of a full TN. Somewhat dusty and artificial raspberries, spicy sweet oak and vanilla, underoaked, medium bodied, overripe.

Shabbat lunch:

Tishbi, Viognier Blanc 2011: Delicious as always.

Teperberg, Reserve, Merlot 2009: This is a fabulous Merlot from a Har Bracha vineyard that perfectly showcases how great that terroir is for this variety. This wine tastes so french that it could be mistaken as a Pomerol Bordeaux (according to a more (non kosher) french wine-experienced guest who shared the wine with us). Aged for 18 months in french oak barrels, dark royal purple with on the nose raspberries, plums and cherries with a hint of cigar box. Medium to full-bodied with on the palate juicy black plums, red ripe cherries and raspberries with notes of pipe tobacco, nice earthy minerality, bracing acidity and a touch of mint and vanilla with soft tannins gently coating the mouth on a long mouth-filling finish. In my opinion the best wine I've ever had from Teperberg. Beautifully balanced and structured, elegance and finesse. A job very well-done and a fantastic QPR.

Teperberg, Silver, Late Harvest Riesling 2008: This wine totally shocked me! It was nice, yes, but that's not what shocked me. This is an Israeli wine. 2008 vintage. And it's NOT shmitta! :shock: When I read the front label I told everyone at the table "careful everyone, this is a shmitta wine!" then I turned the bottle around to read the back label and I saw the usual Badatz Hechsher. Uh? Shmitta wine with Badatz?! What the hell...? Then I saw in little characters "Yivul Nochri" literally "gentile yield/production" which usually means that the fruit is sourced from outside Israel. First time I saw that with a wine. But then I read the label and it says that the grapes were grown in... Shfelat Yehuda. That would probably mean that this is a vineyard that is permanently and fully owned by a gentile (as opposed to Heter Mechira which basically is pretty much like Selling Chametz, sold to a gentile for the course of the Shmitta year so that the fruit can be used as if it wasn't shmitta). Which actually made me think that this is non-sense and that Heter Mechira raise also another issue. After all, even if a piece of the land of Israel is owned by non-jews it still remains Eretz Israel thus whatever is grown on it during the shmitta year should be kedushat shviit, no? If anyone here is interested in going back to that discussion... :twisted:
Anyway the wine had a light gold color, tropical fruit such as pineapple, guava and mango with a touch of honeysuckle. Pretty much the same on the palate with a moderately long honeyed finish. Not overly complex but quite a nice easy drinking dessert wine.


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Re: Song / WeeksEnd wine

Postby Steven B » Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:35 pm

Hi Harry,

2009 Galil Mountain Yiron
2010 Galil Mountain Ela

Shavua Tov
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Re: Song / WeeksEnd wine

Postby Harry J » Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:59 pm

Hi, very much enjoyed the recanati petit sirah zin 2010.a nice blend of fruit favors with spiciness and a long day teperberg chardonay2011 some citrus no finish.also Herzog orange muscat record as a gift,it's the thought that counts,but not more than that. H
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Re: Song / WeeksEnd wine

Postby Isaac Chavel » Sun Mar 31, 2013 12:01 am

Hi, Harry, mo'adim l'simcha,

2006 Recanati RSR. Just fine. So relieved it had no problems, I paid no attention to any finer points. Just sat back and enjoyed! Delicious.

A good week to all,

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Re: Song / WeeksEnd wine

Postby Mark Lieser » Sun Mar 31, 2013 5:08 am

Friday night: We had the same Alexander Gaston-Reserve blend (2008) as did Gabriel. It was wonderful and impressed everyone at the table.
Shabbat lunch: Bat Shlomo Sauvignon Blanc 2012. I finally got to taste this winery's first wine - it was crisp and refreshing on a hot afternoon. Not "great", but good and enjoyable.

Chag sameach,

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Re: Song / WeeksEnd wine

Postby Jeff Adler » Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:14 pm

Chag Sameach!

Friday night - 2006 Recanati Special Reserve - my last bottle. It was terrific!

Shabbat Lunch - 2011 Covenant Sauvignon Blanc


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Re: Song / WeeksEnd wine

Postby Pinchas L » Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:36 pm

Hi Harry,

Yarden Chardonnay 2009 - The wine opens nicely with classic apples and pears shadowed by persistent vanilla and oak, but after a while an unwanted bitterness creeps in and the opening act is not followed by an encore. B-/na/N

Shirah Coalition 2010 - If they were to follow the naming convention used when naming their other wine Counter Punch, than this one should have appropriately been named Punch. It felt more like an alcoholic beverage based on wine than a wine and what gave me that feeling was mostly the indistinct fruit profile and the all enveloping warmth it radiates. This wine is a blend of 45% Touriga Nacional, 30% Syrah and 25% Petit Verdot. C+/**/N

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Grading for value: *** - it's a steal, ** - it's a reasonable deal, * - you've been robbed
Indication of further interest: Y - would purchase again, N - no desire to purchase more
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Re: Song / WeeksEnd wine

Postby David Raccah » Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:51 am

Wow - I am really late to the party - so sorry Harry! Here are the notes from the Passover Shabbos: ... -passover/

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