Just returned from another great wine trasting, maybe one of the better in recent history, which is saying ALOT with the KWFE, IFWF, and Gotham events! I must start off by saying that if I sound politically correctr, it is not the wine talking, but fear from more retalition. I really got screamed at for comments I made here, that I thought were not so off handed, but I guess I was wrong. No one complained about my comments, more about how I made them, hence PC filter/monitor on.
Ok, with that to the side, OH MAN!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! OK, I know I am passionate, but seriopusly, this was an awesome tasting! Kudos to Isaac, Adam M, and Pinchas, Nelly, Seth, and ALL the wineries and importers who poured tons of wine to the happy customers.
I did drink the 08 wines, and a few more at the very end, but this is not wine talking, this is real excitement talking! I arrived at 5 PM, and took pictures galore of the food. Then I took pictures galore of the gorgeous facility! Then I sat and shumzed until I could taste some wine. I took pictures of any wine not glued to the table. Yossie was taking pictures as well, and between the two of us, we should be thanking Kodak for inventing the digital camera! So sad, that the folks who created the thing that would be their undoing - could not harness it and went bankrupt!
Anyway, soon enough I started at the Yarden table and started tasting. The space was lovely and a bit crowded to start, but folks figured out how to manage the process. Again kudos to the wine importers and wineries for really stepping up and being so professional - as they always do seem to be at the wine tasting I attend, but even more so tonight with so many folks in the space.
Yarden had some killer wines including the the 2008 Katzrin, (PC OFF) though some felt too hot and overly ripe to me, but overall - quite nice. (PC back on) I then went to the Dalton table where - like always, the wines were lovely! They had many wines there that I adore and would have loved to taste again, but was short on time. I powered through the area, which hurt as I love to taste their wines. The Estate and reseve shiraz wines were lovely. Next was andrew and the DRC, more on that later, when I tasted it (short hand - tasted much alike what I had at his house, soft and lovely, though decanted for a long time). Then on to the Bro Deux, new wine from Shirah, which was nice and green. LOved the Gush Cab Franc, while the Kadesh Barnea is a bit too overripe for me still, again for me, sorry.
Then I went and hunkered down at Royal's table for an hour. Gary L and Shlomo were awesome, along with the lady pouring whites. Seriuously, they had like 8 cases of wine and managed the space constraints with such professionalisim that I was really impressed, as I was with all the folks pouring wine!
YEAY the 2011 Binyamina unoaked Chard is BACK!!! So much better than the 2010 vintage, really ripe and tart and beautiful, 2011 heaven there. Same for the 2011 SB, though I was not a fan of the 2010 Netofa white, again my opinion.
The 2011 Psagot labels are different, so be sure not to look for Psagot and not the old label you are used to. PC was on there, so no flames, really, I am touchy here, I think the 2011 Chard was OK, nothing great but a bit too much oak, whiule the 2010 Castel C was showing a bit better than the Psagot, in my opinion!
OH MY GOSH! The 2009 Castel GV is filthy, awesome, fantastic, and great! Buy it and be happy!!!! The 2009 Yatir Cab is nice and controlled, but a bit more green than I would have expected. The 2009 Forest was equally green, if not a bit more and lovely as well.
Quick shift to the Yarden table for some 2001 Merlot, from a Magnum bottle, a bit over ripe, and wow were the tannins still searing! Love the chance to see waht a magnum really does to a wine! Then on to the 2008 Katzrin, WOW! WOW! WOW! Need more? Think of a chocolate covered herb encrusted blackberry and cassis joyland! It was rich and tannic and beautiful!
Back to Royal, 2007 Ytair red, so-so to me, nice but no wow factor here, again in my opinion (IMHO). The 2009 Alexander Reserve Cabernet was lovely, seek it out worth the ffort. The 2009 Binyamina Syrah, Odem Choshen was OK, not as awesome as the 2006 oo 2008 (in Israel), but nice, IMHO. WOW On the Alexander the great! WOW! More? Green and luscious, with a controlled hand on the ripe fruit, only a hint of raisin, and controlled oak! The wine is massive and brooding with lovely attacking tannins, layers of concentrated fruit and crazy and long green and mineral notes!
The 2007 Cave was there, thanks to Shlomo, so I could not pass it up. Tasted like it did at Gotham earlier this year, lovely with nice tannins. Another surprise was the 2009 Tzuba Metzuda! An early release for this wine, but thanks! WHAT A JOY! Yeah yeah, I like blue fruited wine and this was a shocker, did not see the back label, but took a picture, so I will need to look at it later. The mouth is filled with blue and black fruit, mouth searing tannin, loads of concentrated and rich fruit, along with a finish to die for!
The 2010 Psagot CF was lovely, get some, enough said, green and red monster with great mineral! Ran to the Odem mountain table to see if there was any limited, all out, but I tried a lovely 2007 Odem Merlot, Reserve. Another green and herbaceous joy, nice fruit, with good extraction and lots of good fruit.
From there - back to the other side of the room to re-taste through all Recanati wines! Yep, they were MUCH better thanm the previous night! This time the wines showed true, with nice fruit and concentration, not matching the 2009 wines, but who cares, these were lovely and I am man enough to say they showed better tonight.
The 2009 rercanati reserve cab and merlot were lovely, the merlot was green and blaqck while the cab was black and aggressive, with nice green and mineral notes. Then to the three Med wines (Syrah/Viongier, PSZ, Carignan), they tasted so much better than on Thursday! Rich and unctuous with blue and black fruit, along with roasted meat, spices, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, etc. They were really nice, though a bit less concentrated and assaulting than the 2009, but really nice.
Then the 2010 Domaine Netofa red and the 2009 Galil Cab/Shiraz late into the night, but blueberry again, along with rsp, crushed herb, mineral, graphite, cedar, and green notes, Quote a wine. The Galil was blueberry as well, with raisin, graphite, and plum, spice, cassis.
At this point starved, we had a late dinner at La Marais, along with Isaac, Yossie, and two folks from 67 wine.
Thanks again, more notes to come...
PC OFF - please God for sometime!