Sea Horse Winery, Poizner and Teperberg

By: Daniel Rogov

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?By: Daniel Rogov

This was largely a day for re-tastings, those of French, Italian and Israeli wines. My tasting notes for the Israeli wines in the lineup follow.


Sea Horse, Munch, 2006: Petite Sirah at its best. Dark, almost impenetrably inky garnet in color, full-bodied, concentrated and intense, showing generous wood and mouth-coating tannins, those in fine balance with red plum, blueberry and currant fruits. Give this one time and it will prove supple, ripe and rich. Approachable now but best from mid-2009-2012. Score 91. (Re-tasted 6 Dec 2008)

Note: The Munch reviewed above will be released during the week of 19-27 December and will be available for direct sale only from the winery. Single bottles will cost NIS 140 each. Discounts will be made for purchases of six bottles or more.

Sea Horse, Lennon, 2006: Medium to full-bodied, medium-dark garnet in color, this blend of 92% Zinfandel and 8% Petite Sirah shows soft and round with gentle but somewhat rustic tannins and reflects its 16 months in American oak with generous hints of cracked pepper and vanilla. On the nose and palate red plums, wild berries and hints of sage and loam, all lingering nicely. Drink now-2012. Score 90. (Re-tasted 6 Dec 2008)

Poizner, Cabernet Sauvignon, Single Vineyard, Kfar Yuval, 2006: Dark garnet in color, medium- to full-bodied, with soft tannins integrating nicely and reflecting its 14 months in French oak with gentle spicy and vanilla overlays. Opens to reveal traditional Cabernet aromas and blackcurrant and blackberry fruits, those with an appealing hint of minted chocolate, black licorice and a note of red cherries on the long finish. Drink now-2011. Score 90. (Re-tasted 6 Dec 2008)

Poizner, Merlot, Single Vineyard, Zichron Ya?akov, 2006: Blended with 4% of Carignan, oak aged in French barriques for 15 months and showing medium to full-bodied. Dark garnet in color with nicely integrating soft tannins and spicy wood supporting aromas and flavors of blackberries, cassis and bitter orange peel. Long, round and generous. Drink now?2011. Score 88. (Re-tasted 6 Dec 2008)

Poizner, Carignan, Old Vines, 2006: Showing much as at barrel-tastings. Dark garnet with purple and orange reflections, full-bodied and firm. Made from grapes from 35 year old vines, reflects its 16 months in French oak with light spicy and dusty wood, that highlighting aromas and flavors of red cherries, red currants, raspberries and spice. On the lingering finish generous hints of cocoa and vanilla. Drink now?2010. Score 88..(Re-tasted 6 Dec 2008)

Poizner, Syrah-Shiraz-Carignan, 2006: Dark ruby towards garnet, oak-aged for 16 months, this blend of French and Australian clones of Syrah and Shiraz and Carignan (50% Syrah and 25% of Shiraz and Carignan) shows full-bodied, with soft tannins integrating nicely. Reflecting the oak with vanilla and white pepper, those parting to reveal raspberry, red plum and cassis notes along with a generous note of Mediterranean herbs. Drink now-2010. Score 87. (Re-tasted 6 Dec 2008)

Teperberg, Meritage, Reserve, 2006: A medium- to full-bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, showing soft tannins and just the right notes of dusty oak, those in good balance with fruits. Opens with aromatic blueberries on the nose, goes on to aromas and flavors of currants, cherries and wild berries those complemented by notes of tar and grilled beef. Drink now-2011. Score 87. K (Tasted 6 Dec 2008)

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