My white of the night, even though my guess for it as a blind missed the mark. Once more, the influence of sight led me astray, with the exposed Stelvin cap popping out of the blind sleeve leading me to identify it as an Australian Chardonnay. In my defense, the ripeness of the fruit does fit the guess. If anything, it just reaffirms my view that global warming (and the homogenisation of styles) has been making it harder and harder to discern new and old world wines as of late. That topic aside, this wine was just so digestible. Long with strong salinity, laser-like acidity, and luscious mouthfeel. There’s a mix ripe stone and zesty citrus fruits here, along with nutty, woody, and spicy nuances. The only element that irks me is a touch of muskiness which I attribute to some level of premox. Other than that, there’s richness, intensity, and precision here - all the hallmarks of a great wine. Delicious, and finished in no time at all. — 15 days ago
This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel. Feels like a Napa Cabernet.
Showing black fruits with cedar, vanilla, coffee, cola, spices, earth, chocolates and peppercorn.
Dry on the palate and fruit forward.
Full-bodied and bold with a nice mouthfeel.
Still young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly. Would Age nicely in the next five to seven years. Has good potential to become a 94+ wine.
Entertaining and engaging. Smooth and elegant.
Aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. Unfiltered. Kosher and Mevushal.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$53. — 2 months ago
It’s time for a great Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.
Dark ruby in color with a purplish tint and a reddish rim.
Strong nose of blackberries, sweet plums, cooked cherries, cedar, figs, raisins, vanilla, spices, espresso, pencil lead, herbs and black pepper. A beautiful nose.
Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and very fruity on the palate with plums, sweet cherries, oak, spices, licorice, vanilla, earth, herbs and peppercorn.
Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a delicious Merlot from Israel. Very tasty already, but still very young.
Tangy and big. Fruit forward, spicy and interesting. Showing nice complexity and nicely balanced.
Good right out of the bottle, and better after 2 hours of airtime. Showing big tannins once it opens up.
Delicious by itself or with food and will age nicely in the next 10 years.
100% Merlot grapes were aged for 18 months in mostly new French oak barrels. Kosher and not Mevushal.
15.5% alcohol by volume.
$50. — 3 months ago
Whatever day was today, that’s the day to open this wine. That’s my main take away. You could squirrel this away like some sort of miserly bastard waiting for the winter king to slay your enemies but who the F has time for that shit. Get on with your life, share this divine juice with as many people as possible so long as it’s no more than 3 and change the whole trajectory of your month. — a month ago