Given some lingering effects of the stomach flu, my notes will be shorter than usual.
Hagafen Prix Syrah 2001 - The wood is completely integrated, the sharp edges having long smoothed themselves out, revealing a medium bodied wine whose color is still a vibrant purple. The primary flavors are those of crushed leaves, with plenty of forest fruit in the background complimented by peppery spice. While once senses the development of secondary flavors, there is nothing to hint at wine reaching the end of its road, the color is very much alive, and no mature, raisin-like flavors are present.
Adir "a" 2009 - I picked up this Syrah based wine at the wine mill, at the suggestion of Gabe. Syrah is the predominant variety at 60% with Cabernet Sauvignon making up 35% of the blend, and the remaining 5% Cabernet Franc. Its an approachable wine, and even though it spend 18 months in oak I did not feel any excessive oak influences. The alcohol level is in check, too, listed at 13.5%. I found it fruit forward and enjoyable, though not distinctive.
Tzora Neve Ilan Blanc 2009 - On the first day the wine had a distinctive saltwater quality, a sensation I do not recall ever having, that seemed to disappear on the second day. Its a lean Chardonnay, but with clear notes of vanilla, the oak's contribution.
Hagafen Prix Reserve White Riesling 2009 - Rancho Wieruszowski - If you don't mind the sweetness, the wine is beautiful, exhibiting lovely citrus, apples flavors coupled by cleansing acidity. The residual sugar is about 5%, not enough for me to use it as a dessert wine, by typically too much to accompany my meal. Personally, I still prefer Hagafen's Devoto release over this one, but there is enough of a difference in style between the two, warranting the occasional comparison.
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