Bottled last Tuesday, almost 1 week ago.
This is the 1st bottle I've opened since the bottling itself, and was from 1 of the 1st three cases off the bottling line (following Beit El's powerful and rich 2012 Carignane the same day.)
I am often surprised by wines that I think I know intimately. Hopefully it's a pleasant surprise, especially if it's a wine I've made and in this case my first ever wine for my own label. So I am surprised right now by my first few sips of this wine: it's softer than I expected it to be, given how it tasted out of tank the last month or so, and much more like I thought it would be when I decided to take it out of barrel and blend and bottle it before (or in actual fact during) the next harvest.
It's remarkably soft for its composition of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, and 4% petite Sirah. The oak is very well integrated, and that had been a real fear for me at some points prior to bottling, that it wouldn't be seamless but rather like a fat oak racoon sitting on a favorite lawn-chair...
I wish it had a bit more green to it, especially herbs on the nose, but it doesn't. It shows a bit of cured tobacco rather than fresh green herbs. I suppose that will make it more agreeable to the crowd that disdains any little notes of green.
Still working on the label, I hope many of you will give it a try when it's available: ~Chanuka in Israel, ~Purim in the US. As Rogov would finish - 120 NIS, K!
Life is too short to drink bad wine.