During our Seder, my son commented that he was surprised they made wine in the Negev desert in southern Israel.  i told him that not only did they make wine, they made some great wines.  This bottle, which we had purchased in Israel a few years back, was brought up and opened.  It needed some air, so we decanted and gave it some vigorous swirling before serving.  Even then, it really needed more air and a glass in the decanter the next day was the best.  The wine is made from 58% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, 32% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot grapes, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc.  Purple in color.  The nose has cassis, plums, black cherries, sandalwood, and slight tobacco.  Full bodied with firm tannins.  On the palate, this is ripe and delicious.  Blind, I might have guessed Sonoma.  Lots of purple and red fruits with spice and earth intertwined.  It needs a main course food wise to work with.  If opening, I would give an hour in a decanter of cellar for another five to ten more years.  

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