The Yatir Forest is on the edge of the Negev desert in southern Israel. I have had this wine before and thought it was labelled Negev but this 2012 vintage is labelled Judean Hills. I am not sure where the boundaries of the wine regions are. According to the label, this is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Petite Verdot, and 9% Tannat. Inky purple in color. The nose has cassis, plums, char and baking spices. On the palate, this is more boysenberry with black cherries over a gravelly char. Slight tannins. Nice finish. This took some time to open and then kept opening all evening. It seem
Castel is probably the consistently best top winery in Israel. Although modern Israel wine is a very young industry, so this is always changing. Castel has a proven track record. The Grand Vin is the best wine that they make. This is quite young and just not giving up much right now. After a couple of hours of air, it had improved but its best days are at least five years in the future. Inky purple in color. The nose has nice baking spices along with some cherries. On the palate, firm tannins. Black cherries. Monolithic at present. It is tasty but needs time develop a complexity
2014 Realm Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard, USA, California, Napa, St. Helena, Wine Review
Wow. Great showing for this wine. It is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. A candidate for Wine of the Year. Inky purple in color. The nose is deep and complex with cassis, blueberries, gravel, slight cedar and spice. On the palate, this is seamless. Full bodied with supple tannins. Wonderful balance. Cassis, over a slight dry earth and charred wood. Long finish. This went great with a seared Tofu dish but would be great with steak or a roast. It is still young and will develop but won't get better - just different.
Bordeaux wines from 1982 are often still drinking great. While one might think a wine such as this might be over the hill, that is not true. At least for this bottle. It still has some youthful freshness. It is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. No real bricking or browning. On the nose there is cassis, dust, slight cigar box and hints of cherry. On the palate, this has lively energy. Cassis and cherries with some underlying dried herbal notes. Not a big wine. Some depth and slight layering. Nice finish.
I have been lucky enough to have this on a few occasions. Never has it been open or showing anything like it's lofty status with the critics would indicate so I approached with trepidation. No need. This bottle was amazing. Everything it was supposed to be including still a bit on the young side. It is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Inky purple in color, ruby at the rim. Bright but mostly opaque. On the nose, lovely cassis, cigar box, ash and slight pencil lead. The lead becomes more pronounced with air and there is some chocolate and spi
A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot. This was a new winery for me. So many choices which is great! Purple in color. The nose has cassis, some black cherries, cedar, baking spices and dust. On the palate, this seems to be drinking well. Just slight tannins. Cassis fruit. Some depth. Solid finish. This probably won't get better but should continue to drink well for another five to seven years. It will go well with grilled burgers or steaks and most medium to heavier foods.
One of the great wines of the world. This was tasted right after a huge Aussie Shiraz and it took a sip or two to re-calibrate, but once that was accomplished, this wines class shown thru. Still a young wine, this has a long future ahead. A blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has cassis, cedar, an herbal note (in a good way), spice and slight forest floor. On the palate, this has a wonderful texture. Full bodied but by no means brawny or a fruit bomb. Nice purity of cassis fruit over some roas
This a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petite Verdot. A Napa version of a Right Bank Bordeaux wine but this is really a pretty big wine. Purple in color. The nose has black cherries, plums, slight spice and char. On the palate, the black cherries continue. There are firm tannins. Low acidity. A bit of underlying forest floor comes out with air. Medium finish. This makes a nice drink on its own. It should continue to evolve and become more food friendly with age. Another five years to peak and then another seven to ten after that. This was around $80 on releas
Bevan Cellars makes some of the best wines anywhere but his Napa Cabs are very expensive. So is this one, but it is half the price of the others and that makes this a great value in the rarefied air of top Napa Cabs. On release, this was $95. This is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit Verdot and 10% Cabernet Franc.
My first time trying this wine. It is made by Philippe Melka. 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot. 2010 was a hit or miss vintage but this is quite good. Inky purple in color. The nose has cassis, blueberries, and coffee. On the palate, this is drinking well. Plenty of black raspberries and blueberries. Lush texture. Not a lot of acidity but enough to work with food. Good finish. This is not a fruit bomb and its not intense, more middle of the road in style. Very enjoyable. It should probably be consumed in the next five to seven years though it undoubtedly will still be d