Tasting Pinot Noir from Galil Mountain Winery

This is the third, and last, until June when the promised fourth member of the new Galil Series appears. Yesterday, we tasted the Sauvignon Blanc from 2011 and the blend called Alon from 2009. This one is the winery’s version of the varietal from the Pinot Noir grape from the 2010 vintage. Let me start with a disclaimer that Pinot Noir has not been my favorite grape variety. That being said, let’s proceed with some information about the details of production of this wine. According to the GMW website, the Pinot Noir grapes were harvested by hand and cold-soaked for an extended period of time followed by a relatively short, hot fermentation. After pressing, the wine was transferred to one to three year old French oak barrels, where it underwent malolactic fermentation. It was aged in the casks for 10 months.

Our tasting revealed an aroma of an old stone wall between the woodland forest and the meadow with the sun shining down. We detected no fruit smells. I thought that it had a smoky taste and had a thin body in the mouth. There was a medium finish with no bite. It was a young vibrant wine, but we do not think that it will age well. This wine has a borderline high alcohol content of 14.5%, which, in my opinion, interferes with its aroma and taste. This level qualifies it in the U.S. as a “high alcohol desert wine” and is thus subject to a higher tax. For an excellent discussion of this topic of high alcohol wines, I refer you to an article in the Wall Street Journal by Lettie Teague, WSJ wine blogger and wine author.

We give it an israelwinetaster grade of C and do not think that it is worth the price of 70 shekels (approximately $19 at the current rate of exchange).

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