Clos de Gat Har'el Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Country Israel / Judean Hills
Grape 95% Cabernet Sauvignon / 5% Petit Verdot
Wine Type Still red
Vintage 2013
Alcohol 14%
Bottle Size 75cl

Popped and poured at cool temperature, a bit of air, and the nose excudes something akin to an old Languedoc and brick, but there are younger aromas of fresh figs and dried Italian herbs, yet nothing noticeably Cabernet Sauvignon. In the mouth there's a rush of menthol and a tannin that feels initially old and tired but on the second sip turns into something quite different, and much more in keeping with other wines of the region : there's an array of spices and layers of sweet Middle Eastern fruit, oaked in French, with a finish containing a pleasant balance of tannin and acid. If big and bold is what one is after, then this hits the spot. 

Tasted February 2020

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