Hi Harry shavua tov!
Tishbi, French Riesling 2012: This simple, off-dry blend of Emerald Riesling and Colombard isn't as sweet as previous vintages. Straw in color with light green reflections and medium-bodied with on the nose and palate notes of lime, cantaloupe, apricot and pineapples, a touch of sweetness rise on the short finish. Better serve very cold as its acidity isn't high enough. Otherwise, a refreshing quaffer to drink as an aperitif with light spicy snacks.
Barkan, Classic, Cabernet Sauvignon 2012: As always, an unoaked Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark purple with on the nose ripe cassis, cherries and herbs. Medium-bodied with on the palate again cassis and black cherries as well as hints of blackberries with roasted herbs, fine acidity and tannins coating the mouth on a moderately long finish. By far the best vintage for this wine in many years, the first time I actually find it enjoyable in a very long time, maybe even the first time ever. A good QPR table wine for everyday drinking.
Dalton, Alma, Shiraz-Mourvèdre-Viognier 2010: The 2nd release for this Rhone-style blend of 74% Shiraz, 22% Mourvèdre and 4% Viognier that were fermented and aged separately before the final blend was made, the wine spent a total of about 13 months in french oak barrels. Dark purple toward garnet with on the nose ripe blackberries, raspberries, white peaches, pepper and violets. Medium to full-bodied with on the palate the peaches showing on first attack with a touch of white pepper followed by sweet plums, raspberries and blackberries, fine and balanced acidity and more black fruit as well as a bunch of oriental spices such as white pepper, cinnamon, cloves and touches of vanilla with integrating, silky tannins on the long finish. Really nice wine, showing great balance and harmony despite its 15.5% Abv. This wine seems to be already at its peak but I believe will hold it for another 2-3 years.
Jerusalem Wineries, Ugav, Merlot 2011: Dark garnet and medium-bodied with on the nose and palate raspberries, vanilla and toasted oak with decent acidity and tannins gently coating the mouth on a moderately long finish. Another decent and inexpensive quaffer for everyday drinking.
Dalton, D, Petite Sirah 2011: Delicious as always. I tried to double-decant it and let it breath for a few hours to see if I could get any blue fruit out of it (on the 20101 the blueberries come out screaming even more when doing that) but I guess it's a lost case and I just have to integrate and accept the fact that the 2011 is free of blue fruit.
Wishing everyone here an excellent week,
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