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Comfort Zone /WeeksEnd wine

by Harry J » Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:48 am

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Getting up from the floor is neccesary and at different times needs different strengths.
We are more prone to climb, achieve, develop or just plain get up
when we're happy;when sad we remain on the ground.
Have a good one; h
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Re: Comfort Zone /WeeksEnd wine

by Craig Winchell » Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:16 am

It's my intention to drink Agua Dulce 2010s on Shabbos. I have noticed that the 2010 Zinfandel, which used to appear quite oaky in both silver and glass, still appears quite oaky in silver but is coming more into balance in glass. Most of the wine I have was drawn for Pesach, and the Syrah, which is in non-neutral oak right now, had been in neutral oak at the time of drawing, and has little oak to moderate the fruit. The Cabernet Sauvignon, which is largely in French oak right now, but had been in American, really has not been softened enough by oak to be relieved of its tannic spirit, and will hopefully not be in the future. When these are all bottled in commercial bottlings, and at the time of release, my hope is obviously that they will be spirited but balanced wines, capable of some aging. None are "ready for prime time" at this point, but are of interest to me as their winemaker, and perhaps Gabe as the primary physical worker implementing operations upon them.
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Re: Comfort Zone /WeeksEnd wine

by Gabriel Geller » Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:48 pm

Hi Harry, folks, shavua tov,

Friday night:

GHW, Yarden 2T 2008: Having very little experience with real wines from Douro, Portugal, there are not too many wines to which I could compare this wine to except for the Casa del Douro wines, reserve and regular, imported into the US and Israel by Royal which I've had may be 2-3 times and the Netofa Tinto.
Anyway this wine is very much showing its GHW "origins" by being well-made but not very different nor especially interesting. Dark garnet, with on the nose blackberries and some roasted herbs, medium to full-bodied with on the palate blackberries and plums, with notes of roasted herbs and tobacco, good acidity and soft tannins on a moderately long finish.

Shabbat lunch:

GHW, Gamla Cabernet Sauvignon 2008: Dark garnet towards ruby at the rim, medium to full-bodied with on the nose black currants and blackberries, these showing on the palate along with black cherries, earthy minerals and hints of dark chocolate with soft and round tannins as well as some heat on the long finish. Classic Gamla Cab.

Wishing you all a good week,

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Re: Comfort Zone /WeeksEnd wine

by Isaac Chavel » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:33 pm

Hi, Harry, shavu'a tov,

2006 Recanati, Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve. Oh, so nice.

A good week to all,

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Re: Comfort Zone /WeeksEnd wine

by Adam M » Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:05 pm

2010 Carmel Kayoumi dry Riesling, continues to be very enjoyable

2005 Tabor mescha, this wine is drinking very well now. I believe that kosherwine.com is selling it at a deep discount, which in my mind is a steal. I didn't buy my bottles from them, but I bought mine recently and can attest to the freshness of the bottle. It went great with our Moroccan cholent, and also with some Stilton blue cheese that we just had.

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Re: Comfort Zone /WeeksEnd wine

by Isaac C » Sun Aug 05, 2012 12:56 am

Dalton Alman SMV 2009 - very good. Shabbos day a lot of beer - Maredsous 8, Caracole Nostradamus, and Troeg's Flying Mouflan.
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Re: Comfort Zone /WeeksEnd wine

by YoelA » Sun Aug 05, 2012 2:08 am

1999 Philippe Gavignet Nuits-St. Georges Les Pruliers
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Re: Comfort Zone /WeeksEnd wine

by Pinchas L » Sun Aug 05, 2012 2:41 am

Hi Harry,

Flam Rose 2011 - This rose is made of Cabernet Franc, and maintains the grape's traditional green streak alongside hints of strawberry and melon. Refreshing by gist of its acidity and minerality, but bone dry. Those in search of an easy drinking rose should look elsewhere as this one is less fruit forward and more sophisticated than your average easy drinking summer sipping rose. 12.5% AbV. I paid about 80NIS at the winery. B/**

Tzora Givat Hachalukim 2007 - This wine is sourced from a vineyard that has since been uprooted, but for many years issued a trademark wine that is distinguished by its lighter body, restrained fruit, earthiness and herb dominated flavor profile. In this regard this vintage is not different than the others. The herbs, primarliy tarragon and rosmarine, share the spotlight together with a leafy earthiness. The alcohol provides a layer of warmth. The wine does not have excessive oak influences, and the tannins are mellow. Although this wine is all Cabernet Sauvignon, it reminds me most of some Bordeaux blends such as the Flam Classico and the Dalton Alma, though perhaps not as well structured. 14% AbV. B-/**

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Re: Comfort Zone /WeeksEnd wine

by Elie Poltorak » Sun Aug 05, 2012 8:07 am

Shavua tov to all.
This week I had 2 wines that had some nice qualities but also serious flaws, but by playing with the wines, I got to enjoy both. They're a bit tough to score because on the one hand they're flawed, but on the other hand, they're certainly not "mediocre/uninspiring."

Elvi Vina Encina 2007: C+/* I made kiddush on this wine Friday night at cellar temperature, and I almost gagged on the searing alcohol and slight but cloying hint of sweetness. I almost dumped it down the drain, but I had the idea of putting it in the freezer for an hour until it was approximately 40 degrees. At that point it showed considerable country style charm. I have to say that the fact that it still has its sea legs after 5 years, despite a mere 5 months in oak, has to count for something. All in all, an interesting wine, just make sure you drink it COLD.

Gush Etzion Spring River 2010: B-/** Like the Elvi, this wine has a lot going for it. Unlike most "semi-dry" wines, it's not too sweet. The nose explodes with flora and peaches. Really delicious with one major problem: the lack of acidity drains the life out of it. After a few sips, it is difficult to keep drinking, despite the great flavor. I solved this one in an unorthodox way: I added a splash of lemon juice. After that, it was a delicious quaffer. I know many will say that's sacrilegious, but hey, I enjoyed it and that's what counts.

Recanati Shiraz 2010: B to B+ /***+ Whoever said kosher wine can't be really good at less than $15 a bottle? This big, lush shiraz is brimming with tons of saddle leather, red fruit, vanilla, and toffee, all without knocking you over the head. It's certainly not in the league of the great syrah/shiraz on the kosher market (Four Gates, Shira, Ella Valley, Barkan Superior, Yarden Single Vineyards, etc.) but it's a damn nice wine for the money.
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Re: Comfort Zone /WeeksEnd wine

by Z Spigelman » Sun Aug 05, 2012 2:56 pm

Friday night - Yarden Syrah Ortal 2004 and Galil Mt. Alon 2009.
Shabbat lunch - Yarden Viognier 2008.
Shavua Tov.
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Re: Comfort Zone /WeeksEnd wine

by Stacey B » Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:24 pm

Friday night Segal's Dovev Argaman 06
Shabbat Lunch Tishbi Reserve Chardonay 2007
Later in the day Galil Avivim 2007
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Re: Comfort Zone /WeeksEnd wine

by Yehoshua Werth » Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:34 pm

2005 Hevron Heights Makhpelah

Wine is Peaked and headed down YET.. Had some good flavors. Chocolate is the style of this wine with dark berries and some wood..Yet the 07' comes together as a much better bottle.
Kicking out a lot of Sediment yet Not vinagar by any shot and not bad on the nose either.. Took a LONG TIME to come too balance after opening and much better the second day.

05' = Drink now 07' = Awesome and should age longer than this one did.

201? Teperberg Terra Blend?

Solid table wine with good flavors and went well with Chulent
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Re: Comfort Zone /WeeksEnd wine

by Jeff Adler » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:40 pm

Hi Harry

2009 Binyamina Carignan Reserve - This is the first time I tasted this wine. It was very earthy with a nice finish. Enjoyed it very much.

2009 Recanati Shiraz - I will echo the comments above that Recanati produces a great value Shiraz for under $15 a bottle.

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Re: Comfort Zone /WeeksEnd wine

by Harry J » Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:30 pm

hi; hevron heights cab-shiraz 07. the nose is powerfull.starts with strong tannins and then just stops.
by day samuel adams new world;ok but not interesting. h
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Re: Comfort Zone /WeeksEnd wine

by Jonathan K » Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:17 pm

Covenant Lavan 2010
Four Gates Syrah? 2009?
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Re: Comfort Zone /WeeksEnd wine

by Bill Coleman » Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:43 am

Friday night -- 2004 Baron Edmond de Rothschild Chateau Clarke, Listrac-Medoc
Saturday -- 2010 Flam Classico

The Flam is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
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Re: Comfort Zone /WeeksEnd wine

by David Raccah » Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:06 pm

I enjoyed the 2007 Barkan Cab Reserve - nice wine that is time to drink up.
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