July, 31 – Ben-Shoshan Tasting in Har Adar
We got off to a good start on Friday morning with a few people showing up early to sample Yuval’s wine. Winemaker Yuval Ben-Shoshan brought four of his wines for us to try, all varietals. Three of these, a Cabernet Sauvignon (2006), Merlot (2006), and Shiraz (2007) are made from grapes grown in K’far Shamai in the North. The fourth wine was a Cabernet Sauvignon (2007) made from grapes grown in Avdat in the Negev.
After the first small wave, we had a quiet spell followed by a rush of visitors in the early afternoon. There were a number of newcomers who saw the event listed on the Israeli Wine fan page on Facebook – our thanks to the organizer of that page for listing our tasting. Also in attendance was Arnon, the winemaker from the Anatot winery, who brought some friends.
As to the wines, I must say that I enjoyed them all, though in varying degrees. The Avdat Cabernet is light and refreshing, making it ideal for warmer weather. Also, it is ready to drink very soon after opening, which is not the case with most fine reds.
By contrast, the K’far Shamai Cabernet showed marked improvement with time. This is a much fuller and rounder wine than the Avdat Cabernet, with more depth and a longer finish.
The Merlot was very fruity, but not overly so for my taste, and I enjoyed it more than I expected, not being a Merlot fan in general. Shiraz, on the other hand, is a variety that I particularly enjoy, and I was not disappointed with Ben-Shoshan’s.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and the afternoon breeze, as most people stayed around for an hour or more and chatted with Yuval and each other. Yuval’s son Gefen, who came along to help out, was also very popular with many of our visitors.