Sommelier – Part Four: No Comments But 26 Tasting Notes

25/11/2008
By: Daniel Rogov

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By: Daniel Rogov

No comments today except to report one anonymous “death threat” that I received earlier today. On the other hand, continuing my tasting and re-tasting notes from Sommelier, the Israeli wine fair that was held last week…..

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Alexander

Alexander, Sandro, 2006: Showing much as at an earlier tasting. Dark ruby, medium to full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with the addition of 5% Sauvignon Blanc. Reflecting 14 months in oak, dusty wood and soft, gently gripping tannins, those parting to show appealing currant, berry and orange peel notes. Drink now?2010. Score 87. K (Re-tasted 18 Nov 2008)

Alexander, Syrah, 2006: Deep garnet towards royal-purple, medium- to full-bodied with gently caressing tannins. On first attack hints of spices and peppery oak, those parting to reveal blackcurrant, wild berry and orange peel notes. Look as well for a hint of tar that rises nicely on the finish. Drink now-2011. Score 89. K (Tasted 18 Nov 2008)

Alexander, Merlot, 2003: Full-bodied, showing plum, black cherry and currant notes, those on a background of roasted nuts and sweet cedar. Soft and round with a note of espresso coffee on the finish. Drink now or in the next year or so. Score 89. (Re-tasted 18 Nov 2008)

Alexander, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005: Showing much as at earlier tastings. Medium to full-bodied, dark ruby in color, with soft tannins; showing vanilla and spices from the casks in which it aged. On the nose and palate, rich black currant and blackberry fruits along with hints of earthiness. Drink now?2010. Score 88. (Re-tasted 18 Nov 2008)

Alexander, Sauvignon Blanc, Lisa, 2007: Developed partly in stainless steel and partly in barriques for seven months, a simple but pleasant wine showing pineapple, guava and green apple notes. A bit more acidity would have added liveliness. Drink up. Score 82. K (Re-tasted 18 Nov 2008)

Alexander, Chardonnay, Lisa, 2007: Wet golden-straw in color, medium-bodied, with light spicy notes setting off citrus, pear and melon fruits. Not a lively or complex Chardonnay but a good quaffer. Drink now. Score 84. K (Tasted 18 Nov 2008)

Ramim

Ramim, Gewurztraminer, 2007: Pleasant enough although not at all typical of the varietal, showing soft peach, tangerine and nutmeg aromas and flavors. Drink now. Score 82. K (Tasted 18 Nov 2008)

Ramim, Merlot, 2006: An easygoing wine with spicy cherry, cola and plum fruits. Medium-bodied with soft tannins. A good entry level wine. Drink now. Score 83. K (Tasted 18 Nov 2008)

Ramim, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007: Medium- to full-bodied, with chunky and tight tannins and spicy cedar notes that tend to hide the blackberry and currant flavors that make themselves only barely felt. Drink now. Score 84. K (Tasted 18 Nov 2008)

Ramim, Shiraz, Art Reserve, Shiraz, 2005: Showing much as at an earlier tasting. Medium to full-bodied, with gently mouth-coating tannins and showing appealing spicy rhubarb, herbal, earthy and mineral accents, with drying tannins rising on the moderately long finish. Drink now. Score 86. K (Re-tasted 18 Nov 2008)

Ramim, Cabernet Sauvignon, Art Reserve, 2006: Dark garnet in color, medium-to full-bodied, with tight tannins that seem not to want to integrate. On the nose and palate skimpy black fruits and a too-generous green note that lingers on the finish. Drink now. Score 82. K (Tasted 18 Nov 2008)

Chillag

Chillag, Cabernet Sauvignon, Primo Riserva, 2006: Dark garnet, full-bodied, with gently gripping tannins and notes of spicy oak. On first attack notes of blueberries and citrus peel, those yielding comfortably to black fruits and oriental spices. Long and generous. Best 2009-2012. Score 88. (Tasted 18 Nov 2008)

Chillag, Cabernet Sauvignon, Primo Riserva, 2005: Showing every bit as well as at earlier tastings. Blended with 10% Merlot, reflecting its 22 months in French oak with generous but judicious spicy wood in fine balance with soft tannins and opening to show a tempting array of blackberries, currants and oriental spices, all leading to a rich, long and blueberry-laden finish. Drink now?2012. Score 91. (Re-tasted 18 Nov 2008)

Chillag, Cabernet Sauvignon, Giovane, 2005: Blended with 10% Merlot, showing a distinct Tuscan flair, this deep garnet, round and medium to full-bodied wine shows soft tannins and a tempting array of black cherries, raspberries and cassis all on a warmly spicy background. Long and generous. Drink now?2010. Score 90. (Re-tasted 18 Nov 2008)

Chillag, Cabernet Sauvignon, Primo Riserva, 2003: Showing very nicely indeed. Aged in French oak for 18 months, this full-bodied red with its youthful tannins now nicely tamed, shows appealing and forward aromas and flavors of black currants, purple plums and ripe berry fruits, those matched nicely by spicy oak and, on the long finish, tantalizing hints of freshly turned earth and mushrooms. Needs a bit of time to let the tannins settle in. Drink now?2011. Score 90. (Re-tasted 18 Nov 2008)

Gustavo & Jo

Gustavo & Jo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Unfiltered, Inbar, 2005: Inky-dark garnet in color, full-bodied, with fine balance between gently gripping tannins and spicy oak. On the nose and palate generous black fruits, those supported nicely by notes of bitter orange peel and spices. Long and generous. Drink now-2012, perhaps longer. Score 91. (Tasted 18 Nov 2008)

Vitkin

Vitkin, Israeli Voyage, Red, 2007: Precisely as at a recent tasting. Medium to full-bodied with soft tannins and gentle wood influences, a round and generous, deep garnet blend of Carignan, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Opens with a light floral note, goes on to red plums, currants and berries on a light earthy-mineral background. Drink now?2011. Score 87. (Re-tasted 18 Nov 2008)

Vitkin, Pinot Noir, 2007: Gently oaked, with silky tannins with just enough of a grip to catch our attention. Opens with black cherry and red plum fruit and showing light notes of spices, cedar and minerals. Supple and fresh. Drink now-2011, perhaps longer. Score 89. (Tasted 18 Nov 2008)

Vitkin, Carignan, 2006: Showing much as at a quite recent earlier tasting. Made entirely from Carignan grapes and developed in new 360 liter French oak casks for 15 months. Full-bodied, with firm tannins just starting to settle in, deep garnet in color and showing fine extraction. On first attack, shows primarily spicy black fruits, those yielding to ?let loose? notes of mint and freshly turned earth. Warm and generous with fruits and tannins rising on the long finish. Best 2009?2012. Score 89. (Re-tasted 18 Nov 2008)

Vitkin, Cabernet Franc, 2006: Ripe and polished, a blend of 86% Cabernet Franc and 14% Petit Verdot. Aged in new French oak and showing gentle near-sweet cedar notes along with soft tannins that are integrating nicely. On the nose and palate currants and black cherries, those parting to reveal notes of toasted white bread, figs and tobacco. On the long and mouth-filling finish a hint of mocha. Drink now?2013. Score 91. (Re-tasted 18 Nov 2008)

Ruth

Ruth, Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, 2006: A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, developed in oak for 12 months, showing medium to full-bodied, soft and round with blackberry, currant and black cherry fruits highlighted by notes of bittersweet chocolate and tobacco. Drink now?2010. Score 87. K (Re-tasted 18 Nov 2008)

Ruth, Merlot, 2005: With its youthful rough edges now smoothing out nicely, showing better than at an earlier tasting. Blended with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged for 24 months in barriques, this medium to full-bodied red shows spicy wood and firm tannins, those in fine balance with black currant, plum and berry fruits all on a light licorice background.. Drink now?2011. Score 87. K (Re-tasted 18 Nov 2008)

Ruth, Shiraz-Merlot, 2006: Showing nicely now. Medium to full-bodied, a dark garnet blend of equal parts of Shiraz and Merlot, aged in new oak for 15 months. A country-style wine showing generous oak, chunky tannins but do not take that as negative for the wine opens beautifully on the palate to show red plums and raspberries on a peppery background. Drink now?2010. Score 87. K (Re-tasted 18 Nov 2008)

Ruth, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005: Much as at earlier tastings. Medium-bodied, with soft tannins integrating nicely. Showing appealing blackberry and plummy6 flavors, those supported nicely by notes of bramble, spices and tobacco notes. Drink now. Score 87. K (Re-tasted 18 Nov 2008)

Ruth, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004: This dark-garnet, medium-bodied wine offers up straightforward cherry, berry and raspberry fruits with hints of spices, licorice and roasted herbs that run throughout. Drink now. Score 86. K (Re-tasted 18 Nov 2008)

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