Light, not too fruity, not too sweet but sweet. Beautiful — 7 days ago
Binyamina Wines Ha'Shomer Marselan Reserve 2017, Galilee, Israel
Dark ruby in color with a wide and cloudy reddish rim.
Strong nose of blueberries, black currants, plums, licorice, oak, spices, dark coffee, black pepper, earth, herbs, light alcohol, wet leaves and black tea.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, coffee, oak, earth, tobacco leaf, green vegetables, spices, black tea, bitter herbs and black pepper.
Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a nice surprise coming from Israel. This Marselan is earthy and interesting. Very tangy, spicy and engaging. The aromatic nose makes it fun to smell on for a while.
Needs an hour to open up properly to bring out the tannins, and show good structure. Much better after 3 hours of airtime, so be patient. Would be interesting to see how it evolves in the next couple of years.
The Marselan grape variety is a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache, and I like both. Interesting stuff.
Good by itself and better with food. I paired it with Brie cheese and olives. Would pair nicely with game meats or lamb dishes.
100% Marselan grapes from the Galilee region, were aged in French oak barrels for 16 months. Kosher. Mevushal.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$25. — 16 days ago
The 2016 Next of Kyn is a rich, heady wine. Implosive and deep, the 2016 comes across as a wine that is still finding its balance in bottle. Time in the glass brings out swaths of dark fruit, grilled herbs, espresso and licorice. Readers need to be patient with the 2016, as it is going through an awkward stage today. In 2016, the blend is 46% Syrah, 19% Grenache, 18.3% Petite Sirah, 15.3% Mourvèdre and 1.4% Petit Manseng. The wine saw 34 months in oak, with 75% new oak. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, August 2020)
— a month ago
Here is a delicious Cabernet for #AgedWineTuesday.
Ruby in color with a hint of brick.
Spicy nose of peppercorn, blueberries, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, earth, Indian spices, wood, cardamom, light vegetables, cinnamon, vinaigrette, and dark chocolates.
Medium plus in body and elegant with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate with black currants, sweet cherries, raspberries, spices, tobacco leaf, graphite, herbs, black pepper, chocolates, black olives, earth and black tea.
Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.
This 9 year old Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel is delicious now. Easy drinking and elegant with nice complexity.
Still drinking very nicely, although this was probably better a couple of years ago.
Needs 3 hours to open up, but after 4 hours, nice tannins come in with nice structure, so be patient.
A good quality wine. Spicy, tangy, elegant and interesting.
A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 20 months in French and American oak barrels. Grapes are grown in the Golan Heights region.
Thank you Sean for sharing this with me.
I paired it with cheeses, olives and nuts.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$45. — 7 days ago
This nine year old Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley is drinking very nicely now.
Nicely balanced, soft and tangy, with a nice mouthfeel and nice complexity. Shows a great nose once it opens up.
Full-bodied with medium acidity and great legs. Dry on the palate and spicy.
Showing black fruits, earth, wood, vanilla, licorice, leather, light vegetables, herbs, tobacco leaf and black tea.
Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.
I've had this vintage a few months ago, and this time I gave it 4 hours to open up. That's when the tannins and structure came in. I should have been more patient last time. Much better now. Tasty and delicious.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$95. — 24 days ago
My first 2018 Chenin Blanc from Sandlands (not sure how I was so patient to leave one of these until now). Typical of this project, the ABV is very modest at 12%. Popped and poured; consumed over two days with consistent experiences both nights. On the nose, soft white flowers, slightly underripe pear, honeysuckle and lime. Just the slightest touch wooly. On the palate, it’s pear, lime and chamomile. Acid is high but not bracing. Nice, almost creamy finish. Overall, this is balanced and technically very good, straight down the line Chenin Blanc and paired amazingly well with bacon wrapped scallops. Yet, I just wasn’t as excited about this effort compared to previous vintages. The fruit for this bottle was sourced from their estate vineyard in the Mokelumne River AVA which is a relatively recent addition within the larger Lodi AVA. I’m not sure how old this fruit is but I sort of get the sense that the best is yet to come from these vines. Still, very tasty and technically excellent. — 2 months ago
This 3 year old Roussanne from Israel is very interesting. Drinking very nicely now with a feel of an older white from Southern France.
Dark golden in color.
Showing over ripen citrus fruits, apples, honey, limes, earth, herbs, vanilla, toasted oak, light alcohol, spices and black pepper.
Spicy finish with black pepper and limes.
A good quality wine. I really enjoyed the nose here.
Much better after 90 minutes of airtime, so be patient.
I paired it with cheeses and crackers by the pool.
100% Roussanne grapes are grown in the Galilee region. Aged for 10 months in French oak barrels. Kosher. Not Mevushal.
13.5% alcohol by volume.
$32. — 22 days ago
We enjoyed this wine with oysters and seafood. Acidic with apple and pear undertones. Rocked the oyster. — 2 months ago
Great potential. Currently, elegant but subdued, this needs to sleep for another five years at least. This can be enjoyed now but for sure it will get better if you are patient and wait a while. Christmas spices, smoke and coffee. Rating reflects current taste, I guess an additional .3 or . 4 will be added in later years. — a month ago
Time to get my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice one from Napa Valley.
Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.
On the nose blueberries, black currants, black plums, sweet cherries, light vanilla, wood, licorice, spices, tar, earth, vegetables, eucalyptus, pencil lead, tobacco, dark coffee and black pepper.
Full bodied with medium plus acidity, and smooth with long legs.
Dry on the palate with black currants, black cherries, wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, green olives, graphite, earth, leather, tobacco, bell pepper, vegetables, bitter herbs, peppercorn and dark coffee.
Spicy finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very enjoyable Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District. Not the typical Napa Cabernet. Drinks more like a Left Bank Bordeaux.
Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food.
This 5 year old is still young and needs another five years in the bottle to mature.
Needs time to open up properly. I gave it 3 hours. Tannins show up after two and a half hours and bring out structure, so please be patient.
At this point, the Cabernet Franc in the blend, is really showing dominance. Showing lots of earth notes at this point, which makes it very interesting. I would imagine that it will diminish with time.
Showing great potential to be much better in the next 5 to 10 years.
I paired it with cheeses and crackers. Went very nicely with the brie cheese.
A blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Cabernet Franc. Aged in (65% new) French Oak barrels for 18 months.
14.3% alcohol by volume.
$52. — 2 months ago