A few new and old wines this past Shabbat. 2017 Petit Guiraud, Sauternes, 2010 Terra di Seta Chianti Classico, Reserva, and 2007 Tzora Vineyards Misty Hills were the winners

This past Shabbat we had some friends over and I opened many a wine, 13 to be exact. There were a few new wines, including the new 2017 Petit Giuraud, the 2nd of three wines that will be released from Chateau Giuraud. The first one was the G of Guiraud, which is a lovely dry wine. The second was the Petit Guigaurd, a Sauternes which has recently been released, and IMHO is better than the 2016 Chateau Piada. The third will be the 2016 Chateau Guiraud, which will be the first release since the 2001 vintage was released many years ago.

Besides, the Petit Guiraud, there was a 2nd tasting of the 2016 Matar Cabernet Sauvignon. We last tasted it in Israel, and it did not show well. Here it did not show well, but it showed better. It was less fruit-forward and absurdly ripe than at the tasting in Jerusalem.

The real winner of the evening, IMHO, was the 2010 Terra di Seta along with the 2007 Tzora Vineyards Misty Hills. It was a lovely wine and shows what Israel can produce when it wants to build wines for the future and not wines for the present alone.

My many thanks to all the folks who shared the dinner with me, and may we all be blessed to enjoy more meals together!

The wine notes follow below – the explanation of my “scores” can be found here:


2014 Roc des Moulins – Score: 88
Classic nose of the cheap Bordeaux Superieur wines, mushroom, dark cherry, rose, earth, and simple notes. At open this wine is very simple, not much complexity, but has solid acid, and nice fruit. With time, it opens nicely, to show a more complex mouth, still clunky and simple, with more cherry fruit, dark currant, and herb galore, along with saline, and mounds of bitter herbs, with tobacco, and forest floor. Nice. Drink by 2021.

2014 Chateau Roquettes, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru – Score: NA
We opened this wine before Shabbat, and it tasted like the notes below. We then tasted it at the Shabbat table, and it was oxidized. The cork is fine. I am not sure if this is an issue of bottle variation or just a bad bottle.
The nose on this wine is super closed and tight to start, with mounds of tobacco, smoke, herb, red fruit, and nice mushroom, showing lovely dark and red ripe fruit. The mouth on this full bodied wine is lovely, with lovely and rich extraction, with still ripping tannin, that is rich and layered, with concentrated fruit, dark plum, forest berry, with dark raspberry, and rich earth, mushroom, and lovely terroir, and nice sweet oak. The finish is long and rich, and layered, with rich minerality, lovely saline, forest floor, foliage, with graphite, tobacco, and saline. Bravo!!

2010 Terra di Seta Chianti Classico, Reserva – Score: 92
Wow, the nose on this wine is coffee, toffee, and heavy smoke, with crazy oak, and red fruit galore, hidden in the background, is dark red fruit, and lovely brightness. The mouth on this medium bodied wine is rich and layered, and really alive, with tart fruit, showing raspberry, cherry, and lovely herb, showing rich tobacco, herb, with mint, oregano, with lovely mouth draping tannin and rich mushroom, with wet forest floor, and great chocolate. The finish is long, and green, and herbaceous, with lovely dirt, and green notes. Drink by 2022.

2016 Matar Cabernet Sauvignon – Score: 87
The nose on this wine is ripe, but somewhat controlled, with green notes, foliage, herb, and rich blackberry, dark plum, and smoke. The mouth on this wine is an extra sweet Cali wine, with loads of dark ripe fruit, showing blackberry, bell pepper, with green notes, followed by ripe and dark fruit, with rich tannin. The finish is long and dark, with hints of green notes, tobacco, milk chocolate galore, and herb. Nice. Drink by 2020.

2012 Chateau Siaurac – Score: 92
This is the third time I have had this wine, and I found it better than the past two times. This one was hand shipped by JR from South Africa and it was lovely. A nice solid all around wine, with great green fruit, rich green, red and black fruit, with nice earth, lovely tobacco, and rich menthol. The mouth on this medium bodied wine, shows lovely fruit, with nice mouth coating tannin, great mineral, lovely graphite, with rich saline, green notes, mushroom, and scrapping mineral, backed by lovely earth, and really nice red fruit and currant. The finish is long and green, it shows ripe yet balanced with great graphite, dirt, and tobacco galore, black olives, cloves, herb, and leather – BRAVO!!. Drink by 2021.

2011 Shirah Coalition – Score: 91
The 2010 blend was dominated by the Touriga, while in this blend it plays more of a mop-up role, with the Zinfandel taking center stage. The Zinfandel adds the more insane spice that is the hallmark of the Coalition blend but also adds more heft. The wine loses the blue fruit (from the lack of Syrah), but the white fruits show up from the small but still important role that the Touriga plays! The wine is more ripe and richer than 2010, making for a fuller body and a more extracted madness.

This wine is a blend of 60% Zinfandel, 12% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Touriga Nacional. The wine is a unique blend, just like its older 2010 vintage. The nose explodes with crazy wine aromas – the kind of attack that only the Weiss brothers can bring you, heavy notes of blackberry, burnt raspberry, watermelon, and spice. The mouth on this crazy full-bodied wine is ripe, concentrated, extracted, and layered with control and style, with mad acid, insane strawberry, black cherry, and cranberry, that almost creates a platform upon which the other fruits stand, ripe zesty raspberry, apricot, white peach, mounds of tannin, and sweet cedar. The finish is long and spicy with cloves, black pepper, insane mouth-coating tannins that linger long, nice coffee, zesty strawberry, candied currant, fig, tobacco, and mineral. This is a wine that is ripe and full-bodied, but balanced with crazy tart fruit, great acid, balance, and citrus fruit!! The last time I had this wine, I seemed to have sensed date, there is NONE of that here now. BRAVO GUYS!!! Drink UP!

2005 Château Royaumont Lalande de Pomerol – Score: 90
What a lovely wine and this just shows the power of the French kosher wine, elegance, and finesse in a bottle. The nose on this lovely wine starts off with rich barnyard notes, along with green fruit notes, herb, and lovely raspberry. The mouth on this medium bodied wine is ripping with acid, followed by rich mouth scarping tannin that has yet to fully soften, along with pure elegance, rich loamy dirt, a layer of concentrated plum, blackberry, and cherry, along with green notes and more herb. The finish is long with dark chocolate, graphite, mineral, eucalyptus, and smoky notes. BRAVO!!! Drink UP!

2007 Tzora Vineyards Misty Hills – Score: 92
This wine is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Syrah. The nose on this started off a bit sweet but with time it showed nicely, it is ripe, but man is it well balanced and nice. The nose on this wine shows ripe and juicy blueberry, blackberry, lovely herb, with loads of mineral, dark chocolate, with forest floor, and hints of mushroom. The mouth on this full-bodied wine is rich and layered, with juicy and concentrated fruit, that at first shows ripe, but then shows balance, with a classic Misty style, showing blackberry and blueberry, with ripe cassis, earth, boysenberry, and an overall juicy and tart mouthfeel, with great acid, and a still shockingly tight tannin structure, with rich tobacco, milk chocolate, and a plush and rich mouthfeel. The finish is long, green, herbaceous, with bitter notes, and rich leather, with milk chocolate, blue fruit, and blackberry lingering long and elegantly. Bravo!! Drink by 2021.

2012 Chateau Montroc, Lussac Saint-Emilion – Score: 90
The nose on this wine is really nice, with bright and tart fruit, showing raspberry, dark cherry, with dark fruit, and herb, and forest floor, with foliage, oak, and spice. The mouth on this medium bodied wine is nice, elegant, with rich pomegranate, currant, and salinity, with black olives, nice tannin, and lovely green notes, and foliage galore. The finish is long, green, herbaceous, and with mushroom, forest floor, oak, and tobacco. Nice! Drink by 2021.

2017 Petit Guiraud, Sauternes – Score: 92
There have been many Sauternes being released in the past few years, but this is the first kosher Guiraud since 2001, though it is the Petit Guiraud, which is the Chateau’s 2nd wine. The Chateau Guiraud will be released later this year.
The nose on this wine is ripe, with lots of orange curds, orange blossom, melon, loads of honeysuckle, honeyed fruits, peach, mango, botrytis funk, and floral notes. The mouth on this full bodied and sweet wine, is ripe, sweet, and honeyed, with loads of sweet fruit, with a plush and easy mouthfeel, though folks at the table were put off by the bitterness of the orange pith, which I like, and it is a note, I find on other wines and like, along with loads of sweet tropical notes, grapefruit, orange marmalade, and hints of pineapple. The finish is long, tart, sweet, well balanced, with a nice weight and fruit focus, with ribbons of bitter notes, graphite, and slate, all wrapped in more sweet fruit and lovely funk. Nice! Drink until 2035.

2007 Yarden Blanc de Blanc – Score: 91 to 92
The Yarden Blanc de Blancs is made entirely from Chardonnay grapes grown in the northern Golan Heights, Israel’s coolest viticultural area. The wine is made strictly according to the traditional method (méthode champenoise) including hand harvesting, pressing of whole clusters to increase acidity and fruit flavors, and secondary fermentation in the bottle. Disgorging took place after five years of bottle aging on the tirage yeast.
The wine has aged beautifully, showing an intense nose of nuts, fruit, lemon curd, peach and apple cobbler, brioche, and nice toast that gives way to ripe green and yellow apple. The mouth on this medium-bodied wine has calmed down with age, it shows less ripe, with baked anjou pear, with a still very acidic core, and small mousse bubbles, with lovely yeast, and orange flavors!! The finish is long and tart with insane grapefruit, bitter and rich grapefruit pith, and lemon zest. Bravo!!! Drink until 2022.

Posted on January 1, 2019, in Israeli Wine, Kosher Dessert Wine, Kosher French Wine, Kosher Red Wine, Kosher Sparkling Wine, Kosher White Wine, Kosher Wine, Wine, Wine Tasting and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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