Tasting of Dalton Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage 2008

This is really a nice Cabernet Sauvignon from Dalton Winery. It is produced from grapes grown in their Meron vineyard and aged in American and French oak casks for 15 months. It is colored deep purple and is of medium to full body with a feel of velvet in the mouth. The tannin levels have abated as the wine has matured, though this may have occurred prematurely because the wine was stored at home and not in our temperature controlled wine cellar. Nurit described it as have a smell and taste of honey without the sweetness. It also seemed to both of us to emit a reminder of raisins, almonds, vanilla, and chocolate, as well as having a distinct flavor of oak. It does not come on too strong, as some very harsh and overwhelming Cabernet Sauvignons can do. But it does have a very long lasting finish. We gave it an israelwinetaster grade of “A” or “B”, depending on the price. I cannot report to you what we paid for it, as it was purchased before we started keeping price records.

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