Just back from a short yet very nice visit at Tzora winery with forumite Stacey B, her husband and son. Winemaker Eran Pick welcomed us and we had quite a nice tasting and chat with Eran.
Following are my notes for the wines we tasted:
Tzora, Neve Ilan Blanc 2011: 100% Chardonnay, 2/3 of which aged 9 months 'sur-lies' in French oak barrels, the rest in stainless steel (thanks Stacey). Pale straw with on the nose ripe apples and fresh toasted bread as well as lemon peel, medium to full-bodied with on the palate creamy apple, citrus fruit, melon and nice minerals with notes of lemon curd on the long finish. Great balance here between the oak and the fruit, reminded me a lot of the 2010 Covenant Chardonnay.
Tzora, Shoresh 2010: Excellent as always, didn't take notes as nothing else to add from my previous tasting 3 months ago.
Tzora, Misty Hills 2009: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Syrah all grown in the same plot making this wine a single vineyard one, and aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. This is what I call an old world style wine made out of a new world kind of blend. Bright purple in color, showing on the nose cassis, dried strawberries and earthy notes all wrapped in a light veil of smoke. Full bodied with on the palate cassis and stawberries again along with notes of blackberries, graphite, nice minerals and bracing acid with spicy licorice showing with mouth-drying tannins rising on the long finish. Complex and still quite youthfull, will certainly age well.
Tzora, OR 2011: 100% Late harvested then frozen if I got that right Gewurztraminer, again single vineyard from the winery's Shoresh vineyard. Bright gold with on the nose honeyed mangoes, tons of ripe apricots and honeysuckle. Medium to full-bodied with on the palate dried apricots, caramelized pears, pineapples, mango, candied citrus and lychees and with hints of spice on the long finish. Gorgeous. Treated myself...