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Trio Winery gone Kosher

by Gabriel Geller » Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:20 am

Hi Folks,

I forgot to post about this even though I was made aware about it at IsraWinExpo 3 weeks ago.

Trio Winery, listed in his 2012 Ultimate Guide by the late Daniel Rogov z.l. as a 4 star boutique winery that was receiving regularly scores of 88-91, has gone kosher as of the 2010 vintage, alike a few other israeli wineries as you already know such as Flam and Tulip. Trio produces about 20.000 bottles/year and is located in Ramat Gan, using grapes from the Upper Galilee and the Jerusalem Hills (quoting Daniel).

The first wine that has been released with a Kosher certification is the Spirit of Jerusalem Heights 2010, a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Syrah all grown in the Judean Hills. The winery has been using a different blend each year for this one and the last available review by Daniel is for the '09 vintage which was a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot with a score of 89 and a drinking window through 2014.

I have just received a complementary bottle for tasting and the label indicates that the wine was aged for "a few months" in oak barrels. I will taste it later this coming evening and will report back.

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Re: Trio Winery gone Kosher

by Gabriel Geller » Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:49 pm

So here's the TN, I was not very impressed, I mean it's a good wine but nothing really special or different. Needs more time, maybe...

Trio, the Spirits of Jerusalem Heights 2010: Dark almost black impenetrable garnet, full-bodied with on the nose dark fruit but not a lot more, felt it was a bit muted both on the nose and palate, perhaps too young or bottle shock? I don't actually know when exactly the wine was bottled. Perhaps I should try it again in a year or so if I'll have the opportunity (though being in the business, shouldn't be too hard). Anyway, blackberries on the palate with some oak and light spiciness rising with soft tannins on a long and round finish that does not leave anything memorable to take away other than some interesting creamy-ish feeling on the finish. If I was giving scores on a regular basis and as a matter of fairness, I wouldn't score this one now, I'll wait for an ulterior opportunity.

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Re: Trio Winery gone Kosher

by Yossie Horwitz » Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:02 pm

As with the other recently kosher wineries, I would give them at least a year before 'judging" them. The current [red] releases from Trio, Saslove, Tulip and Flam are entry level wines which are unfortunately commanding higher than acceptable pricing due to their being in vogue and newness. Give the hype some time to settle and for the reserve/better wines to come to market and we will be able to better (and more fairly) evaluate these wineries post thier kosher conversion.
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Re: Trio Winery gone Kosher

by Gabriel Geller » Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:18 pm

I don't know about neither the Flams nor the Sasloves as I've had yet to taste them. As for both the Tulip Just Merlot and Just CS '10, these are excellent wines (and QPR) and having had the CS '10 in respectable amounts last week, I can testify it's ready for drinking (give it 1-2 hour decanting though) and a wine that was loved by all. One of the people that was present at the Purim party I've attended is one of the major private investors in the kosher production of Chateau Smith Haut-Lafite and some other french wines (can't name them, I don't know more as of now) and he loved it (he bought 2 whole 12-packs after having tasted it!). I'm planning a Flam tasting soon and will of course report on that then.
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Re: Trio Winery gone Kosher

by Alek W » Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:37 am

Tulip Just CS 2010 sells for NIS 110 for 2 and is at least as good as Recanati CS 2010, so pricing looks very acceptable.
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Re: Trio Winery gone Kosher

by Gabriel Geller » Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:04 am

Hi Alek, at 2 for 110 NIS you should really stock up with this one!
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Re: Trio Winery gone Kosher

by Alek W » Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:31 am

Just finished the third bottle yesterday.
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Re: Trio Winery gone Kosher

by Yossie Horwitz » Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:04 am

While the Tulip wines are well crafted and acceptable, I wasn't all that impressed with them (and they are certainly not in the same league as the Recanati Reserves which are similarly priced). From a QPR/pricing perspective, there are plenty of better wines at there at that price point (maybe not at 2 for 110 NIS but they are nearly double that in the US) and in my opinion, these are simply selling on hype - the next level wines will most likely be more deserving and the white wines are delicious (both the White Tulip and the limited edition Sauvignon Blanc). Obviously pricing is higher in the US and a bit extra for the added hype of the newly kosher wineries, so we need to see where the price point for these wines settles. Also, and just BTW, I am not sure I would categorize a wine as "ready to drink now" if it needs 1-2 hours of decanting.
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Re: Trio Winery gone Kosher

by David Raccah » Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:29 pm

I have to disagree - I liked the Tulip Just Wines. They were varietal-ly true and solid products. Price should have nothing to do with sentiment/recommendation/score. I know I am wading into the area where the folks like Yossie and Pinchas have strong feelings - but to keep it sane, if the wine is good - the wine is good. There will always be a cheaper option, but try it once and see for yourself.

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Re: Trio Winery gone Kosher

by Gabriel Geller » Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:59 pm

Yossie Horwitz wrote:Also, and just BTW, I am not sure I would categorize a wine as "ready to drink now" if it needs 1-2 hours of decanting.

Hi Yossie, I know you usually like your wines straight out of the bottle thus your way of defining a ready-to-drink wine, but I personally admit that I decant almost all my reds. I'm also quite confident that even if I were to decant now say, a bottle of El Rom '08 for 5 hours, it would still not be ready to truly enjoy now.
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Re: Trio Winery gone Kosher

by David Raccah » Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:07 pm

By the way - the 08 Elrom is available for 49.99 bucks at Varietal! A fine wine for the price
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