Top QPR Kosher wine winners of 2017

In my state of kosher wine industry post – I lamented at the lack of QPR (Quality to Price Ratio) options in the kosher wine world. Now that is not to say that the options do not exist, as you can see by the number of QPR options on my top wines for Passover last year. Still, given the sheer number of wines in a kosher wine store (many hundreds) and the number of kosher wines on the open market (many thousands), we are left with a very small minority – sadly.

So, I thought I would list the most recent QPR wines I have enjoyed over the past year. I wanted to catch up with wines I only had recently and with ones that are finally here in the USA.

My hope is that people will enjoy the wines and demand more of them. For instance, the lack of many of the QPR wines from Elvi Wines on the open market. I can find them on Royal’s website and on Elvi’s website, but sadly until recently, they were not available on the internet. Thankfully, Kosherwine.com has gotten the Elvi wines back, but Netofa wines are still not available here in the USA.

This list is not a list of wines that are meant for cellaring, though many can withstand a few years. The idea here is to enjoy these wines now while you let the long-term wines cellar and age. We all have that interest to drink interesting wines and while I agree with that, that is NO excuse to raid the cellar when u have a hunkering for a complex nose or flavor. Many of these wines will scratch the itch while the beasts’ lie and settle.

Sadly, the main wines I have yet to taste and those that I think belong on this list, based upon what I hear of them, are the 2016 Capcousto wines, but I cannot find them online.

Finally, some of these wines are hard to find and they may have different siblings – but they are worth the effort. The wine notes follow below – the explanation of my “scores” can be found here:

QPR KING of 2017

2016 Chateau Des Riganes – Score: 90  (mevushal)
This is the third vintage from the winery and the best one by far! The 2015 vintage was boring and the 2014 vintage was not as good. I tried writing the notes for this wine a few times and then I threw them all out, only because it keeps changing – the core stays the same but the issues I had, hollow notes, mad fruitiness, go away with time/air. So, to start – leave this wine open for two hours before enjoying it and that removes two rounds to three rounds of evolution from my notes.
After it has opened for a couple of hours, now the wine is ready to enjoy. The nose opens to rich loam, earth, gone are the fruit bomb notes, with lovely mushroom, foliage galore, with classic bramble, dark cherry, currant, and hints of raspberry. With time the wine opens to a fuller mouth than first perceived, gone is the hollow notes, with a nice fruit focus, good tannin structure, gone is the country style wine, now the wine is richer, and fuller, with a lovely green foliage focus, followed by dark red forest berry, cherry, hints of black fruit, great saline, earth, mushroom, and lovely spice. The finish is long and spicy, with more green notes, an almost lush forest with good spice, and pith. Nice! Drink till 2021.

QPR top 10 Winners (in no particular order)

2016 Domaine Netofa White – Score: A- (Crazy QPR)
Nothing new here, other than the label. The wine continues to impress, throw in the fantastic joy of Chenin Blanc, and the price and we have another winner from Netofa!
Lovely floral nose still closed, but lovely with straw, hay, rich green apple, quince, and lovely bright fruit. What can I say, this medium-bodied wine is another acid homerun, showing lovely bright and fresh fruit, that gives way to a great acid core, with mineral, mad citrus, grapefruit, with lovely dried white currant, herb, and more floral notes. The finish is a long and fruity acid trip, with rich mineral, followed by lovely lemon curd, more citrus, with bright fruit. Bravo! Drink by 2020. (Available only in Israel, for now anyway) 

2015 Capcanes Peraj Petita – Score: A- (Crazy QPR)
This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 20% Merlot, 15% Tempranillo, and 15%Syrah. This wine is much akin to the 2014 vintage, in that it is immediately accessible, but I like the 2015 vintage more. Really nice nose, with rich toast, smoke, followed by rich tar, asphalt, with lovely black fruit, tobacco, and more mineral. The mouth on this medium bodied wine is really fun, layered and concentrated with dark fruit, blackberry, hints of blue fruit, with ribbons of scrapping mineral, graphite, followed by nice Kirsch cherry, with great earth and dirt. The finish is long and earthy, with great dirt, mineral, green notes, and hints of mushroom and black tea. Bravo!!! Drink by 2021.

2014 Herzog Cabernet SauvignonSpecial Reserve, Alexander Valley – Score: 92 to 93 (QPR Superstar) (mevushal)
Lovely nose, impressive elegant and old world nose, peaking with a blackcurrant showing blackberry and lovely smoke and tar. The mouth is old world, wow, give me a break, in ways the wine is crazy better than the Warneke (Special Edition), but with years the Warneke will pass it. The mouth on this medium body, is great layered and rich, green, spicy, and rich with concentration, with sweet oak and sweet dill galore, with green notes, loads of foliage, showing dried strawberry, ripe raspberry, black forest berry, all wrapped in mouth coating and drying tannin, with earth and spice. The finish is long, and richly green, with nice spicy notes, leather and scraping mineral, showing bright and ripe fruit that is impressive, elegant, rich, and layered, with licorice, graphite, and forest floor that lingers long. Bravo!! Drink from 2020 till 2030.

2013 Terra di Seta Chianti Classico – Score: A- (QPR)
Wild nose of rich mushroom, dirty diaper, crazy mineral, rich loam, and lovely black and red fruit. The mouth on this medium bodied wine is ripping with rich acid, mineral, and saline, and lovely mouth draping tannin, with gripping tannin, showing blackberry, dark cherry, currant, with coffee grinds, and mineral. The finish is long and pith-laden, with espresso, and rich graphite, and scraping mineral that lingers long. Bravo!!! Drink till 2020.

2014 Carmel Riesling, Kayoumi – Score: A- (QPR)
This wine screams dry Alsace Riesling!! The nose is crazy, pure funk, petrol, flint, mineral, WOW! Cannot find much fruit on the nose to start but with time peach shows, but who cares! Sadly, this bottle was tainted with some sort of reduction or Sulfur, it is not clear what the issue was, to be honest, it smelled like actual “trash can”. The mouth on this full bodied wine is insane! Layered and complex with rich acidity, dried fruit, dried apple, lychee, floral notes abound, with rich elegance, followed by nectarines, orange, orange zest, bravo! The finish goes on forever, and I mean not stopping with crazy petrol and floral notes lasting all along – WOW!!! This wine was clearly off to start, but with time it came around and was very close to its old self, sadly the reduction lingered in ways. Drink by 2020.

2016 Shirah Vintage Whites – Score: A- (QPR)
This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache Blanc and 30% Viognier. The nose on this wine is screaming Viognier and far less Grenache Blanc, with epic peaches and creme, showing rich notes of honeysuckle, honeyed notes of fruit, a truly perfumed nose that is a joy to smell. The mouth on this medium bodied wine is layered and rich, with great acid, lovely fruit pith, that is both unctuous and yet lithe at the same time, with nice summer fruit focus, showing apricot and hints of the Grenache Blanc with green apple, and lovely mineral. The finish is rich and lovely with joyous fruit pith, lovely spices, and lingering green tea. Bravo!!! Drink by 2021.

2016 Shirah Rose – Score: A- (QPR)
This wine needs to be aerated to open up its nose and to remove some of the lingering chemical notes, but do not let this deter you from enjoying this lovely wine! This wine reminds me so much of the 2013 rose, epic and screaming acid based. The nose on this wine is classic Cali rose, with ripe strawberry, raspberry, with rich peach, and lovely floral notes. The mouth on this wine has a lovely body, with a great acid punch, with rich fruit red berry focus, followed by lovely citrus, grapefruit, and nectarines. The finish is long and red berry, with more acid, lovely fruit pith that lingers long, followed by light tannin, sweet hints of pineapple, and lovely acid lingering long. BRAVO!! This is a top 3 non-Provence style rose for 2017. Drink by Summer 2018.

2015 Herzog Chardonnay, Reserve, Russian River – Score: A- (mevushal) (QPR)
This wine is ripe, no denying that but by far the most balanced of many years with a far better control on the “Oak Monster”. The nose on this wine is under control, with great buttery notes, sweet apple, pear, hints of guava, and nice quince, but balanced well with herb and spice. The mouth on this wine is nice and full bodied, but it needs time, with nice saline, mineral notes that are unique for this wine, well balanced with screaming acid, nice butter, showing a creamy and almost oily texture, nectarines and orange, with sweet quinine and white chocolate. Nice and elegant with grapefruit and citrus and oak. Drink by 2024.

2016 Elvi Wines Herenza Rioja Semi – Score: 90 (QPR)
Lovely nose with great spice and lovely oak, backed by nice dark fruit, tart, and refreshing while also being elegant. Really nice attack and tart fruit focus,  showing a nice tannic approach but also accessible with great tart red fruit, classical in style with spice, green notes, and nice acid that gives way to coffee, nice cherry, and tart zesty currant. The finish is long and tart, with great foliage, spice, tilled earth, and mineral that brings it all together. Bravo! Drink by 2020.

2012 Elvi Wines Herenza Crianza – Score: 91
I have now had this wine a few times and the last time I had it the sweet oak and sweet dill were too much for me, this time the sweet oak and dill had calmed down, which finally allowed the wine to come around. A lovely nose that shows slight age but also elegance and brightness that belies its age. The nose pops with bright fruit, rich sour and candied cherry, dark raspberry, and great secondary and initial tertiary notes with smoke and great spice. The mouth is rich and dirty with great acid, mushroom, sweet dill, and great mineral that gives way to rich spice, lovely tart fruit, red berry, and seating acid. The finish is long and lovely and bright with coffee and red tea and menthol, tobacco, more smoke, and green notes galore. Bravo! Drink by 2025

2015 Gran Malbec Flechas De Los Andes – Score: 91 (QPR)
The nose on this wine is super rich, with toasty oak, ripe but impressively controlled blue and black ripe fruit, crushed herb, and plum. The mouth on this richly extracted and full-bodied wine is impressive to me because no matter how new world this wine is, it is beautifully controlled, with really impressive elegant and mouth coating tannin, rich and toasty followed by blackberry, blueberry fruit, and nice raspberry. The finish is long and spicy with massive tannin, chocolate, tobacco, and lovely roasted meat. Bravo, this wine used to be an out of control beast running in all different direction freaking out most people who had it. However, since the 2014 vintage things have gotten far more controlled. Drink to 2022.

Lots of other great QPR options (in no order):

2016 Nik Weiss Riesling, Ockfener – 92 (QPR)
To me this wine is really not ready – but it will be ready in a few months to start enjoying. It took a long time to open for me. The nose starts off closed but with time it opens with hints of petrol (which will come with more time), with sweet lovely notes of coconut, ripe peach, honeysuckle, floral notes, with bright and ripe guava, tart melon, and mineral, and slate galore. The mouth on this medium bodied wine is nice and round, with good saline, but now the acid is even crazier than when first opened, with a still rich round mouth but now it is perfectly balanced with the ripping acid, crazy candied grapefruit, lime galore, with kiwi, and sweet gooseberry notes, all wrapped in an oily texture and rich tart fruit. The finish is long, tart, yet very sweet, but not cloying, very refreshing, with mineral, slate, rock, and hints of flint that will expand with time, along with nice sweet spices and sweet dark tea. Bravo!!! Drink from 2019 to 2028.

2017 Kos Yeshuos Viognier – score: 91 to 92 (QPR)
Do not cool this wine too much, it likes 30 min in the fridge and no more. Wow, what a nose, very aromatic, classical in its peach punch bowl style, with rich floral notes of jasmine and rose hip, but balanced well with lemongrass, and citrus. The mouth on this medium to full-bodied wine is a classic California Viognier, with a rich oily coat that covers the mouth, well focused with rich acidity, mice mineral, great fruit pith, apricots, peach, and lemon, with hints of lovely pink grapefruit, and sweet fruit galore. The finish is long and acidic, with enough complexity to grab your attention and keep it throughout the finish with lovely white rose tea, sweet spices, notes of fresh lavender, cinnamon, and cloves. Bravo! Drink by 2021.

2016 Carmel Riesling – Score – 91 (QPR)
The wine started off very slowly, in a closed state, and it was inaccessible for a day. A lovely nose, but after smelling the German wines, this pales, with nice petrol, honeysuckle, good spices, but very tropical with guava, passion fruit, and pineapple. The mouth is nice, but a far cry from the 2014 vintage, with nice acidity but not near enough, it is ok but it lacks a clear direction, not a sweet wine and not dry enough, with a unidimensional approach with no focus and a short finish with floral notes, slate, and mineral.

After some time – this wine really comes into its own, showing a nose of nice petrol, grapefruit, kiwi, with green apple, and hints of pineapple. The mouth is nicer with time, showing impressive fruit focus, with great searing acid, but still tropical, with passion fruit, green apple, rich mouthfeel, and lovely gripping fruit that is well balanced and tart with lemon Fraiche, rich floral notes, and good spices. The finish is long and spicy, with ripping acid, lovely fruit, earth, incredible mineral, slate, and rock, with floral notes, and mineral galore. Nice! Drink till 2022

2014 Chateau du Grand Barrail, Blaye, Cotes de Bordeaux – Score: 88 (mevushal) (QPR)
Crazy QPR for the price in France of 5 Euro, or so. Nice simple Bordeaux with nice red fruit, followed by green notes, forest floor, with foliage, green notes, and herb. The mouth on this medium bodied wine is nice, not complex with good focus, nice dried raspberry, cranberry, with lovely tannin, nice body, with good acid, good green notes, earth, dirt, and hints of blue notes as well. The finish is long and tart, with good focus, spice, and foliage galore! Nice! Drink by 2023 (only found in France)

2016 Carmel 4 Vats – Score: A- (GREAT QPR)
Interesting nose, raspberry, jammy fruit, with pushed fruit, but not dates, spice, cloves, mineral, and roasted animal. The mouth is lovely with minerality, ribbons of graphite, but sweeter fruit with nice mouth drying tannin, with rich saline, ripe blackberry, earth, green notes wrapped in blueberry and heady and lovely spice. The finish is long and green with good acid, fresh and tart fruit that gives way to graphite, garrigue, and rich earth, with mushroom in the background. Bravo! Drink by 2019. (only available in Israel)

2016 Les Marronniers Chablis – Score: 92 (mevushal) (QPR)
Finally! A reasonably (not cheap but reasonable) priced white wine that is more mineral than fruit focused – nice! The nose on this wine is lovely, with green apples, ripe melon, green notes, with nice mineral and lovely herbs galore. The mouth on this medium bodied wine is lovely, it is really well balanced, showing lovely mineral, nice grapefruit, showing nice acid that is citrus in nature, as it gives way to a lovely round and yet tart mouth with yellow plum and good herb. The finish is long and really tart, lovely citrus pith, with lemon Fraiche, lemongrass, with slate, saline, tart fruit, and nice floral notes lingering long. Bravo! Drink by 2021.

2015 Chateau Larcis Jaumat – Score: 91 (QPR)
This is a wine that really reminds me of what I tasted in the barrel last year. This will be the new Fourcas-like QPR no-brainer. The nose on this wine shows ripe, with ripe blackberry, earth, nice mineral, good spice and green notes galore. The mouth on this medium to full-bodied wine is lovely, with nice mouth coating tannin, searing mineral, great acid, with rich black olives, saline galore, that is almost tart, with cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, and intense spices. The finish is long, spicy, and green with red berry and mineral that lingers long. Drink by 2025.

2015 Chateau Fourcas Dupre, Listrac – Score: 91 (QPR)
I know this wine is still too young to enjoy – but think of it as a wine that can age a few years and then start hitting, though it would be a shame to start hitting this when it can age for so long. The wine is very akin to what we at the winery from the barrel. The nose on this wine is lovely with tar, dirt, black fruit and hints of blue fruit that show, with herb. The mouth is more focused than the Hautes Terres with great precision showing blackberry that is not ripe with dried currant, well balanced and truly impressive with green foliage that is rich and extracted, with incredible mouth coating tannin, nice incredible spice, black pepper, and tar. The finish is long and earthy with great saline, mineral, and spice that goes on forever with tobacco lingering long and coffee espresso. Bravo! Drink from 2020 to 2027.

2015 Chevalier de Lascombes – Score: 93 (QPR though the price will be high)
This wine is here solely because of the value it represents and NOT for its ability to drink soon – AT ALL! WOW, how this wine changed from when we tasted it in the barrel. This wine is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot. It is the second label of Chateau Lascombes. What a crazy nose, incredibly different than the Listrac, with a unique nose of soy sauce with mushroom and rich black fruit. The mouth on this full bodied wine is richly extracted, with raspberry, cherry, blackberry, and blueberry in the background, with a lovely ripe but well-controlled fruit-forward style, that is mouth drying and hedonistic. The finish is long and green and blue with rich saline, charcoal, and earth. A lovely unique and fun wine. Bravo for the price! Drink from 2020 to 2027.

2016 Domaine Netofa Red – Score: A- (QPR)
This wine is a new blend with the added Grenache, is made up of 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache, and 20% Mourvedre, a real GSM! This wine is riper than previous vintages, but still well controlled, with lovely blue and black fruit, showing plum, earth, and herb. The mouth on this medium bodied wine is fuller and richer than previous vintages, showing with plum, blackberry, raspberry, and dried blueberry, with mineral, lovely graphite, with hints of chocolate and sweet fruit that gives way to slate and dried fruit. The finish is long and earthy with dry blackberry and black tea. Nice! Drink by 2021. (Available only in Israel, for now anyway) 

2016 Domaine Netofa Tinto – Score: A- (QPR)
The wine is a Portugal dry blend, made of Tempranillo and Touriga Nacional. The nose on this lovely wine is really intense with a perfect blend of dark black and blue fruit, along with loamy dirt, smoke, great coffee and roasted animal. The mouth on this medium bodied wine is a far less astringent than previous in vintages, something that should make some of you happy (though I love that bitterness IMHO), with lovely ribbons of bitter graphite, followed by blackberry, boysenberry, sweet dill, garrigue, root beer, and mouth coating tannin. The finish is long and dirty, with nice tar, charcoal, coffee, and mineral. Lovely! Drink by 2021. (Available only in Israel, for now anyway) 

2016 Goose Bay Sauvignon Blanc – Score: 91 (QPR winner) (mevushal)
What a lovely nose, classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, with rich gooseberry, ripe passion fruit, fresh cut grass, cats pee, and citrus galore. The mouth on this nice medium bodied wine is richly acidic, it shows a slight hollow to start, but let it come together and the hollow fills out, it shows lovely acid, rich saline, impressive fruit focus of passion fruit, guava, and citrus with nice slate. The finish is crazy long with lovely acid, gooseberry, ripe pink grapefruit, mineral, citrus pith, and acid that is incredible! A real joy, bright fruit, fruit pith, and lovely mineral – a great QPR wine!!! Drink by 2019

2014 Louis Blanc Crozes Hermitage – Score: A- (Good QPR)
This is a lovely black fruit Syrah, with hints of blue fruit in the background. The nose on this wine is lovely, with roasted meat, rich licorice, with blueberry notes in the background, along with earth, loam, mineral, and spice galore! The mouth on this medium bodied wine is balanced and well-focused, with a mineral core, followed by sweet boysenberry that comes alive with time, followed by blackberry, spiced plum, and rich loam, that is wrapped in spicy oak, rich mouth coating tannin, and fig. The finish is long and spicy, with leather, chocolate, lovely charcoal, and bitter almond notes that give the wine its edge. The sweet fruit shows quickly and really is a nice wine, I hope it turns more French with time. It is ready now and will be at peak in two years. Drink till 2021.

2015 Domaine Pradelle Crozes-Hermitage, Bokobsa – Score: A- (QPR)
This is one of the three wines that Pierre made for Bokobsa in 2015. Normally these wines are not really my cup of tea, but these were really nice! The wine shows a lovely ripe, but a controlled nose with great acid, saline, with blackberry and blueberry. Nice medium body with good acid, great draping tannin that will last three-plus years with nice pepper and cloves with dried raspberry and currant. The finish is long and spicy with great earth, mineral, and graphite galore. Bravo! Drink by 2020.

2011 Yarden Rose, Brut: Score: A-
A lovely nose, with toast, yeast, and really nice raspberry, and grapefruit. The mouth on this medium bodied wine is lovely, with great focus, small mousse bubbles, with great raspberry, dried strawberry, grapefruit, saline, a mineral madness that lingers long with lime and lovely toasty notes. The finish is long and mineral-focused, with great acid, and joy, green olives, and a true joy that is infectious. The wine is a joy and lingers long with real focus. Bravo!! Drink by 2021.

2009 Yarden Blanc de Blanc: Score: A- (QPR)
Sorry, I cannot find my notes on it but it is lovely!

2014 Yarden Chardonnay, Katzrin – Score: A- (QPR)
This wine showed older than it really is and was quite surprising to me. The color lies of its age, it is far darker than I would have expected, with lovely stone fruit, mounds of butter and butterscotch, but actually less obvious oak than in previous vintages, but still very nutty, and herbal in nature. The mouth on this full bodied wine is crazy rich and oily with layers upon layers of peaches, apples, quince, rich buttered brioche, creamy and complex, but a bit hot and needs time to come together. Good acid and fruit overall. Drink by 2023.

2016 Ella Valley Sauvignon Blanc – Score: A- (QPR)
Lovely nose of gooseberry and pure grapefruit, cat piss, with earth and slate. Lovely mouthfeel, with peach and apricot, showing crazy mouth drying acid, a lovely shot of grapefruit that fills out the round mouth, with peach, and tart green apple. The finish is long and crazy acidic, with intensely tart fruit, lovely tart citrus, lemonella, with mad slate, lemongrass, and another large dollop of gooseberry on the long citrus/acid-driven fruit finish. Bravo!!! Drink by 2019.

2016 Dalton Sauvignon Blanc, Reserve – Score: A- (QPR)
This nose is nice, with a bit more elegance than the Fume Blanc from Dalton, but also showing sweeter notes, with gooseberry for sure, but backed by more ripe peach than guava, with lemongrass, and herb. The mouth on this medium bodied wine is nice, with crazy acid, intense fruit focus, with great mouth filling acid, nice summer fruit of peach, pear, and a bit of guava, with good green notes. The finish is long and richly citrus based, with nice fruit pith, impressive saline, slate, rock, and passion fruit lingering long. Bravo! Drink by 2019.

2015 Shirah Furmint – Score: A- (QPR)
This too needs a good two hours of air. This wine is more intoxicating than the MR/SR, with intense straw, dry grass, with dry apple/pear compote, peach, honeyed notes, honeysuckle, and spice. The mouth on this medium bodied is ripping acid, with great honeysuckle, peach, almost apricot in nature, with great spices, cinnamon, crazy rich mineral, tart fruit, dry grass, and impressive straw. The finish is long and layered with hints of oak, almonds, and nice tea. This is very akin to the Dalton Semillon in some ways and in many ways much drier. BRAVO!! Drink by 2020.

2016 Dalton Viognier, Reserve – Score: A- (QPR)
The nose is classic Viognier, with peach, oak, showing good apricot, sweet rose hips, and a perfume of honeysuckle, and orange blossom. The mouth is medium bodied, with a nice almost oily mouthfeel, showing nice weight, with good notes of summer fruit, with just enough acid, wish there was more, with lovely pear and nectarines. The finish is long and balanced with good enough acid, lovely mineral, slate, and more floral notes balanced well with honeyed notes and earth. nice! Drink by 2020.

2016 Psagot Viognier – Score: A- (QPR)
What a beautiful nose, redolent and perfumed with ripe peach, honeysuckle, honeycomb, rooibos tea, and nice restraint, with velvety notes. Wow, bravo, what a joy, with a complex mouthfeel of light oil, impressive acid, almost mouth puckering, with epic control, showing lovely finesse, backed by great spices, lovely straw, almost heady with cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, slate, saline, with lovely fruit pith and attack. The finish is long and spicy, with crazy lingering Mediterranean spices – BRAVO!!! Drink by 2020.

 

2016 Hagafen White Riesling Dry, Rancho Wieruszowski – Score: A- (QPR) (mevushal)
In so many ways this wine reminds me of 2014 in its infancy, though it lacks the intense mineral that was already present in the 2014’s adolescence. Still, the wine does have a lot going for it.

The nose on this wine is richly tropical, showing a nose of intense guava, passion fruit, with hints of petrol starting to emerge, with peach and apricot and ripe pineapple. The mouth is beautiful with sweet fruit, intense funk, and insane honeysuckle, floral notes abound, with great acid, intense honeyed notes of sweet fruit, ripe citrus, nectarines, and ripe fruit, earth and hay/straw, lovely. The finish is long with more funk, mineral, with sweet and crazy tart fruit and rich acid, crisp, refreshing, and downright enjoyable/fun wine. Look for more petrol to emerge with time, and for the tropical notes to subside as well. Bravo! Once more Mr. Weir has done an impeccable job. Drink by 2021.

2016 Dalton Pinot Gris – Score: A- (QPR)
Nice nose of kiwi, green apple, nice pear, lovely floral notes, not overly tropical at all, and lovely flint, smoke, and rock. The mouth on the medium-bodied wine is tart with lovely acid, ripping mineral, saline notes, pineapple, insanely intense grapefruit, lemon Fraiche, and quince fruit. The finish is long and smokey with more lovely saline, nice mineral, floral notes, slight lemon pith, and crushed herb. Bravo!!! Drink by 2018.

2013 Cotes de Brouilly – Score: 90 (QPR)
What a lovely nose, showing great dirt, earth, cloves, bay leaf, with great mushroom, forest floor, with lovely red fruit, black forest berry, and herb. The mouth on this medium bodied wine is rich and layered, but round, with acid that takes time to appear, with good focus and complex as the wine opens, with great raspberry, currant, smoke, rich mushroom, and herb, and ripe black plum, with good spice, black pepper, and heady spice. The finish is long and spicy, with cloves, herb, espresso coffee, with hints of dark chocolate, graphite, saline, mineral, and spice.

2015 Capcanes Peraj Haabib Flor de Primavera Pinot Noir – Score: 91 (QPR)
The nose is not a Pinot Noir, it is more a Bordeaux or a Rhone varietal, with ripe fruit, with mushroom, forest floor, with ripe blackberry, earth, and nice red fruit. The mouth on this medium bodied wine is well balanced, with good acid, showing nice dirt, fresh loam, earth, and rich mushroom, that gives way to more great acid, ripping tannin focus, with great layers and nice concentration, a new world take on an old world wine, with great vanilla, cedar, lovely coffee, and spices, warm spices, cinnamon, cloves, with more rich barnyard and mushroom, and nutmeg. Bravo!

2014 Domaine de Boissan Gigondas – Score: A- (QPR)
This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. To me, this is what Rhone should taste like, mineral, dirt, graphite galore, with blue and black fruit, and a hint of red. Lovely.
The nose on this wine starts off with blackberry, tar, earth, blue fruit, and spice.
This wine showed bubbles to start, but that blew off after a few hours. The wine has changed slightly since my last tasting, it now has a bit less mineral and more fruit, but all very controlled, but I think the drinking window I had on it was too long, I lowered it to 2020. The mouth on this medium bodied wine is rich with lovely coffee, nice mineral, mouth coating tannin, that gives way to blackberry, blueberry, dark cherry, cranberry, with lovely loam, and roasted meat. The finish is long and mineral rich, with espresso lingering long, tobacco, with chalk and slate. The wine now shows the acid I like, it has improved since my last bottle. Nice! Drink to 2020.

2014 Chateau Montroc – Score: A- (mevushal) (QPR)
This is a nice wine that shows what France can make for 15 dollars a bottle. The nose on this wine is old world, with red fruit, earth, mineral, and nice fruit focus. The mouth on this medium bodied wine is balanced and really good for a menu wine, showing nice spice, earth, red fruit, all wrapped in blackberry, black fruit, with dirt, mushroom, and acid galore. The finish is long and green with foliage, nice smoke, toast, and rich spices. Nice! Drink by 2021.

2016 O’dwyers Creek Sauvignon Blanc – Score: A- (mevushal) (QPR)
Wow! What a fun, bright, not crazy tropical redolent nose, with lime, Meyer lemon, lovely grass, straw, cat pee, with lemongrass, and herb. The mouth is a crazy, mouth puckering joy, showing insane acid, with a good fruit focus, nice floral notes, lemon blossom, with great gooseberry, hints of honeysuckle, ripe grapefruit, lovely citrus, and nice mineral. The finish is long and tart, good acid, pith, with crazy lime, saline, and tart tropical in the background. Nice!! Start drinking up.

2012 Domaine Herzberg Village – Score: 90 (QPR)
This wine is a field blend of 33% Malbec, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 34% Merlot that were co-fermented and aged in oak for 12 months. The nose on this wine starts with whiffs of nice oak, great spice, and earth, showing raspberry, with great cloves and black and white pepper. The mouth on this medium bodied wine shows heady spice and rich acid, with a lovely currant fruit focus, along with dried raspberry, and hints of black fruit. The finish is long and green, with nice foliage, coffee, spice, and nice mineral. Nice! Drink by 2021.

2014 Chateau Malmaison, Baronne Nadine de Rothschild – Score: A- (QPR)
This wine is a short-term hold and one that will play nicely with the longer-term wines that need serious cellar time. Nice elegant nose of green notes, rich foliage, with dark cherry, earth, and good red fruit. A lovely medium to full-bodied wine, with great focus, elegance, nice structure, with dark red fruit, and hints of black fruit, blackberry with dark cherry, good terroir, with mushroom, draping tannin and soft loam. The finish is long and green, showing a lovely mineral focus, with graphite galore, awesome saline and ripping acid. Lovely! Drink 2019 till 2024.

 

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Posted on January 1, 2018, in Israeli Wine, Kosher French Wine, Kosher Red Wine, Kosher Sparkling Wine, Kosher White Wine, Kosher Wine and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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