Harry, shavua katzar (very) but shavoua tov!
Spent chag in the UWS, it was actually nice to enjoy good meals and good wines with good people that appreciate.
Château Gruaud-Larose, Sarget de Gruaud-Larose, Saint-Julien 2003: Second bottle over the same week and again excellent though slightly different with more fruit and less barnyard funk/loamy dirt but softer tannins, drink now to drink up.
Four Gates, Petit Verdot 2010: A magnificent PV, dark inky purple with on the nose and palate black fruit and intense floral notes with touches of black pepper and toasted wood. Full-bodied with on the palate ripe blackberries, dark cherries, sweet herbs, rose water, bittersweet chocolate, bracing acid and round tannins coating Thr mouth and lingering on the long fruity and chocolatey finish. Very well-done that was a crowd pleaser, something you don't necessarily expect from a PV.
GHW, Gamla, Pinot Noir 2009: maybe already a bit past it's peak yet a palatable medium bodied wine with ripe red cherries and toasted oak, drink up.
Four Gates, Zinfandel 2011: Dark garnet with on the nose sweet black and red fruit and chocolate. Medium to full-bodied with on the palate again ripe sweet red berries, bramble and roasted herbs, licorice and nutmeg as well as sweet wood and bittersweet chocolate with good acid and tannins on the finish. A nice Zin that I'd classify somewhere between the Covenants Landsman's and Cuvée Chabad's. That said it was far from being as good as the Hagafen Prix Zinfandel 2004 I enjoyed earlier this week though a comparison with a wine that is 7 years isn't fair.
Capçanes, Montsant, Peraj Petita 2011: Dark purple, with on the nose ripe black fruit, coffee, saddle leather and spices. Medium, perhaps medium to full-bodied with on the palate ripe blackberries, plums, roasted meat, Mediterranean herbs, tobacco with more plums and sweet spices and nice tannins lingering on the long finish. A really nice well-balanced wine and a great QPR indeed.
GHW, Yarden Blanc de Blancs 2007: As excellent as always, might very well be the best kosher sparkling/Champagne-style wine out there.
Four Gates, Pinot Noir 2009: Dark cherry red with on the nose sweet and sour cherry and cranberries as well as cedar wood. Medium-bodied with on the palate sweet, perhaps slightly overripe sour cherries, cranberries, red currants, licorice, citrus water, roasted coffee beans with sweet herbs, nice acid and tannins that coat the mouth on the moderately long finish. A nice wine though not as varietally true as I would have expected.