Hi Harry, shavua tov and moadim l'simcha!
I feel a bit ashamed as I may have lived for 13 months in California yet I didn't take, not even once!, the opportunity to taste Hagafen's wines. As strange as it may sound to some of you, none of my many hosts had any Hagafen wine on tap during my time there. Still, this was mostly my fault as I could have purchased some myself or even visit the winery...
So last night I had my first Hagafen wine ever, and while I assume it was far from being one the winery's best, it still was pretty good. I bought 3 bottles at a shop in Tel Aviv last week (the shop is also the importer) and you wouldn't believe the ridiculously low price I paid (about a 1/3 of the US average price and it was regular retail price, this was not a wholesale nor any sort of shop owner privilege). I was a bit concerned more about the drinking window rather than about the storage conditions as the shop is very reliable. Well, good news: It was drinking perfectly well despite being drink-up in Rogov's book.
Hagafen, Pinot Noir Napa Valley 2006: Light garnet, with on the nose cherry pie and toasty oak, medium-bodied with on the palate ripe cherries, red currants, basil, with hints of vanilla rising with soft integrated tannins on an average finish. Nice but I wish I could have purchased one of their higher-end wines (they had also the Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2003 of which I bought 2 bottles).
Binyamina Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008: A great QPR winner as always.