Shavua tov Harry and all,
Herzog, Baron Herzog, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 2012: Many of my friends here on the forum and outside it have been praising this wine since it was released and I was curious to try it since it's now also available in Israel. Well, I was disappointed. Aged 18 months in stainless steeks, mevushal. Bright garnet in color with on the nose screaming green bell pepper as well as scents of plums, cherries and tobacco. Medium-bodied with on the palate loads of bell pepper, acidic plums, currants, blackberries and cherries as well as spices and tobacco with good acidity and soft tannins that rise on the moderately long finish. This wine is very green, overly green. I like green characteristics, especially in Cabernet Franc but when those green notes are part of the wine, inside it if you like. Here the wine is overly green in my taste, it's like if the wine was "imprisoned" in a raw, green bell pepper with its flavors struggling to go past the pepper and make themselves felt. Not for me. 13.5% Abv.
Flam, Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon 2010: This fantastic wine continues to impress and developing nicely with now notes of barnyard showing earlier than I had expected. You don't need to have lots of experience to notice that this is one of the best kosher and israeli wines out there. 14.5% Abv.
Carmel, Kayoumi Vineyard, Riesling 2011: By far one of my favorite white wines(and variety) and it's drinking beautifully. For the first time I did sense a hint very light sweetness on the finish that actually adds to the enjoyment and complexity of the wine. 12.5% Abv.
Binyamina, Reserve, Late Harvest Cluster Select, Gewürztraminer 2012: While I was not very impressed the first time I tasted the 2012 vintage of this old favorite dessert wine of mine, this time it was delicious and lived up to its earlier releases. Bright gold in color with on the nose apricots, honeysuckle, tangerine and honey. Almost full-bodied with on the palate dried apricots, peaches, orange rind, hints of candied ginger, caramelized apples, bright balancing acidity with touches of vanilla on the long and luscious finish. Delicious and still young, will likely develop more layers of complexity over the next 8-10 years. 9% Abv.