Four Gates Winery - new wines from 2007 and 2009

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Four Gates Winery - new wines from 2007 and 2009

Postby David Raccah » Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:31 pm

Hello Guys,

Four Gates Winery (Benyo as we call him) has released 5 new wines and they are awesome. A brand new Cabernet that sources its grapes from Betchart Vineyard on Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Lovely stuff. The Cab Franc, is his best and may well be the best one out there (kosher of course), other than maybe one.

http://kosherwinemusings.com/2012/02/16 ... mountains/

Check it out!
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Re: Four Gates Winery - new wines from 2007 and 2009

Postby Yossie Horwitz » Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:35 pm

Nice write up David and I am now even more psyched to taste the new wines which should be arriving this afternoon. I must, must, must make it out there soon for a visit!

Thanks and looking forward to your report on IFWF2012!
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Re: Four Gates Winery - new wines from 2007 and 2009

Postby Gabriel Geller » Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:17 pm

Yossie H wrote:I must, must, must make it out there soon for a visit!


Amen to that!
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Re: Four Gates Winery - new wines from 2007 and 2009

Postby Craig Winchell » Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:02 pm

David and Binyamin just left here, but not before I absconded with a bottle each of 2007 Merlot and Cab Franc and 2009 Monte Bello Ridge, Betchart Vineyard Cab Sauv. Yup, he gave me one bottle, but I grabbed some more as they were about to drive away. they'll think twice when they next stop at Agua Dulce. Seriously, though, it was great seeing them. Thanks for the bottles, Benyo!
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Re: Four Gates Winery - new wines from 2007 and 2009

Postby Jonathan K » Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:37 pm

David- thanks for the beautiful write-up. I am a huge Four Gates and Benyoman Cantz fan.
A few questions.
1. I am crazy about his cab francs. What is the comparable kosher cab franc that you referred to?
2. I have been a big fan of the chardonnays and I liked the 2008 but I felt that of the vintages I have tried it was the least appealing. Which vintage would you compare the 2009 to?
3. A few years back the Four Gates Syrah had peppery mouth searing tannins although it was a good rustic wine. Is this version appreciably different?
Thanks again for the excellent summary.
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Re: Four Gates Winery - new wines from 2007 and 2009

Postby David Raccah » Fri Feb 17, 2012 2:23 pm

Hello Jonathan,

1) In terms of style, there are none that compare to his as they all lack some amount of acid, a thing that is not a problem with his wines. That said, this vintage adds richness but not at the expense of green notes - though the green notes are slow to show, which is why I think this needs time to open and really show itself. If I were asked what other nice CF exists in the kosher realm that has this depth, I would say the 2005 Ella Valley CF.

2) I think that all of Benyo's chards need time, but that is me. The 2008 was lovely but highly acidic and with a bit of oak, that needs time to open. This one is unique and a bit different in a fun way, like I said more Viognier like. 2011 was a very cool year, so maybe the tropical fruit never made it. I tasted this a few times throughout the life of it and the fruit was there but very dry, now it is fuller with a nice body but different fruit. Interesting.

3) This Syrah is as rich as the past but with more extraction. I liked all the Syrah(s), this has rich mouth with lots of pepper and spice, the tannins are a bit large but not harsh.

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