First of all mazal tov to Stacey B on the engagement of her son!
GMW, Yiron 2004: This bottle, as opposed to the '05 I opened last night of Pesach, was well-stored for many years and it shows! Not only it was alive, it could even still hold well another year or so! Actually Stacey was the one who conviced me to open it by announcing the good news not long before candle lightning.
Dark garnet and throwing some sediments, this wine features on the nose at this stage crushed forest berries, cigar box and milk chocolate. Full-bodied with on the palate layers upon layers of forest berries, sweet tobacco, licorice, lead pencil, juicy plums and cherries, incredibly bracing acid (blew me away at this age) a little hint of tar and plush chocolate with silky tannins rising on the long, persistent finish as the wine develops in the glass. Great bottle and no regrets for having cellared it until now.
Gvaot, Gofna, Chardonnay-Gewürztraminer 2010: This odd blend was magnificent. 83% Chardonnay that was aged for 6 months in new oak casks prior to blend it with 17% Gewürztraminer that was fermented and aged exclusively in stainless steel vats. Rogov described it as barely off-dry but it was completely dry for me. Bright gold with a slightly green taint, on the nose bursting butter and toasted brioche along tropical fruits such as guava, mango but baked apple as well. Medium-bodied, perhaps medium to full, the palate offers a wide array of tropical, citrus and stone fruits, including the same as on the nose but also peaches and lemons with bright acid and a delicious buttery creaminess supporting sll that from the first attack towards the long finish, all working well together to feature an harmonious balance between the oak, acidity and fruit. Perhaps the best white wine I've tasted so far from this winery and quite a unique one indeed, a delight. Might age well a few more years.
Gvaot, Herodion, Vineyard Dance 2011: As always, a classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a respectable 25% Petit Verdot and aged 12 months in oak barrels. Royal purple with on the nose green bell peppers, wet freshly cut off wood, black berries, cassis and cedar. Medium to full-bodied with on the palate cassis and blackberries with still plenty of green notes, black licorice, earthy minerals, graphite, a hint of sweet cedar and spicy vanilla, very good acid but very soft tannins that rise on the moderate finish.Nowhere near the 2010 as to its concentration yet very approachable despite the very prominent green notes at this stage. Reminded me of some good French Bordeaux.
Wishing everyone an excellent week,