If I knew the list before the tasting, I probably would not have attended since I go to a lot of these wineries on a regular basis and have tasted the majority of their wines. The new wine that I had not tasted that exceeded my expectations was the Golan Heights Cabernet Sauvignon from Yonatan vineyards 2007. The reality was, that I was really looking forward to tasting wines from France, Spain, Italy and California that I usually do not have access to for 150 NIS, so if anyone knows when this is happening, please invite me!
Garage de Papa Blanc 2009 (140 NIS) - Made from 100% Chardonnay, vineyards from Karmai Yosef and Tzuba in the Jerusalem Hills, nice nose of apples, minerals and a smooth buttery/creamy taste. A very nice Chardonnay.
Clos De Gat Harel Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 – Taste of traditional Israeli Cab, nice tastes of cherries, chocolate and plums. Very bitter on the end and a felt the alcohol of 14% on the way down!
Psagot Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (145 NIS) – Dark burgundy color, on the nose smoke and black fruits. Very savory with medium tannins and body, sweet chocolate on finish.
Yatir Shiraz 2007 (130 NIS) – Deep purple almost black in color with 2% Viognier. Nice hints of pepper and spice, bitter chocolate on the taste, very smooth, reflections of plum, green herbs, and a bit of sweet and sour sauce (to me).
Flam Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 – This is a very elegant wine with a deep red color and full body, tastes of ripe cherries, raspberries and a hint of chicken soup. Not ready yet but very nice to drink now.
Recanati Special Reserve 2007 (150 NIS) – This is a blend of Cabernet sauvignon, Melbec and Merlot. There were definitely hints of manor and chicken soup (maybe I was craving it at the time, but I definitely tasted it), elegant after first taste, but a bit flat for me.
Carmel Limited Edition 2007 (200 NIS) – This wine has hints of tobacco and raspberries. The first bottle was corked so she opened a second bottle but it was still tight. I did not think it was worth the 200 NIS.
Domaine du Castel Grand Vin 2008 (220 NIS) – I have tasted this wine many times since I go to Castel with clients and it is an elegant wine, reflects French style more than the other wines. It is not ready to drink yet, I would give it at least 3 years.