Just got back from the tasting and dinner,and no way am I posting notes. That said, clear winner for the evening was the 2010 Bravdo wines - mega kudos!
Fred David's two wines, including the reserve was tasting quite nice. At the VIP, all the new cool recanatis were in the house. Love the new white RSR and the Carignan with deep animal flavors. Truly exotic and hedonisti, as the late Rogov said.
Shiki poured many Teperberg wines, and it was a good thing as the KWS of NY did not have Shiki pouring this past Thursday night. Most of the wines were B+ to A- or A-. There were some quite unique wines, including a new Permium blend and a reserve blend that is being sold ONLY in magnum. Then the recanatis were poured at the VIP - SICK!
Costas was in classic style along with the two Josh and another guy who's name I forget now. Pouring away, while Costas in his calm humble style - giving over good info and great ideas.
The Recanatis will be in the area soon, not here quite yet, but available now at Gotham, from what I understood,or very soon.
Then we had the two Cave wines - sorry, yes the Cave Old Vine Cab is nice, but not worth the cost, in my humble opinion. Also, two gvaot wines - the 2010 gvaot herodian blend and the 20100 herodian merlot. The blend was nice, the merlot was super green and average.
Then he popped open an old Carmel zarit cab - nice smelly socks and green notes
Finally,lovely Dalton Anna Muscat and Teperberg Nevel port, which Adam M raved about,and I thought was OK.
Then on to the main tasting. A heads up, KUDOS to the importers! Tons of new wines, no rehashes. Also, yarden was a no show - no idea why. Instead, in their place was tons of quick eating crackers and chocolate company. To me THANK YOU for the crackers - really saved my palate!
Also, besides the new vintages, there were new wineries thanks to Red Garden, the new boutique wine importer. They had Livni wines and Tanya wines - ALL 2009 vintages! Yes, Yoel - both had a PN and nice blends! They tasted just like they did at Sommelier, just the crazy tannin has now subsided a bit.
Also, clear notes of green are running all over the new wines. we are talking nice green almost fresh forest. So,if you do not like green beware - many of the Israeli reds from 10 and 09 are greener than normal.
Still not a fan of the Rose Louis de Sacy Grand Cru - nice but super aggressive bubbles really kill it. It may be better with time. For now, my no brainer go to Champagne is the Drappier D'Or.
Personally, other than the Recanati RSR white, none of the whites really grabbed me this year. The cloest winners were the Ella Valley SB and the 2011 Bravdo Chard.
Another new wine fromRed Garden importer is called 2009 Auteur Phillipe Lictenstein Cab - nice! A bit alcoholic, as Sruli feels - yeah I am calling you out Srul! post here my man!
The two Borgo Maturo and Brunello were still tannin bombs and nice.
Again, as an example the Dalton Alma SMV had more green than I remembered when I tatsed it at the winery.
Many of the French wines - MEGA DUDS!!!! Some with nice and appealing barnyard and sock notes - NOT!!!!
2009 Ella Valley CF - AWESOME!! Green that reminds me of a luscious green forest and bell pepper - but blended with nice red fruit!
The new 2009 Volcanics and Har Odem were OK from Odem Winery. The Chard from Odem Winery had so much risidual sugar it should be called semi sweet!
Again,Bravdo - AWESOME!!! The only semi-let down was the 2010 Merlot - which was OK.
The 2009 Recanati Cab reserve and the PSZ were BOTH quite nice! Another winery that showed really well.
With the tasting winding to a close, I finally caught sight of Isaac C, AdamM (also saw him at the VIP as he sat next to me), Duvie Wieder (who drove me to dinner), Sruli, his lovely wife (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!) , and her good girl friend, whose name I missed,and Abe Raice who swung by later from The River wine importer. The gang met up and off we went to Le Marias. We all enjoyed the food,and I really enjoyed finally putting faces to many of the names here on the Forum. Pinchas,who did not attend the tasting, came by for dinner and that rounded out the party!
MEGA THANKS to Isaac C for putting together the dinner and putting up with all the machinations of the final bill after the meal. Really loved it - so again - THANKS!
It was an helluva of a dinner, conversation was awesome, lively, honest, and truly entertaining. In the end, the evening had to end, and we all went our separate ways.
MANY MNY thanks to Costas as always for putting together an event that truly epitomizes the kosher wine scene. Yes the IFWF and KFWE are great, but not with this breath of wines. Also, because I hit the IFWF, I really did not walk by Gary's table, but I did sample the limited at the end of the evening - nice.
More on the blog in the next few days, God Willing,