Last Monday was a one of those days where everything just seemed to go wrong. I got a late start leaving the condo, ended up on a broken metro train that had to be offloaded at one of the most crowded metro stops, and walked into work late to see the emails already piled up because I forgot to charge my Blackberry over the weekend. I actually thought it would be a quiet day, since it was the Monday after Easter, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. To top it off, the day ended with an ominous email from the Boss, which meant I left work not knowing what Tuesday would have in store. By the time I walked back into the door Monday night, I was ready for a glass of wine and for the day to end.
The 2009 Dalton Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (winery) was from the Galilee region of Israel and had a dark ruby color. On the nose, there were juicy black plums mixed with hints of chocolate and eucalyptus. In the mouth, there were black plums, blackberries, and hints of chocolate, earth, and eucalyptus. The wine had a medium-to-full body, medium-to-big tannins, and a medium body.
Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At $36, this wine is a little on the pricey side for an everyday wine, although being that it is a kosher wine, I’m willing to dig a little deeper into my wallet for good quality. I paired this wine with my matzo lasagna, which probably wasn’t the best combination, although it wasn’t the worst either. The wine definitely needed to breathe a little, and by the time I was ready to knit and watch the latest episode of Castle, it opened up nicely. All in all, it was a solidly good wine, particularly after a stressful day of work.
Question of the Day: Are you willing to pay a little more for a wine that you know will be good? Are you willing to pay more for a kosher wine?
Purchased at Gotham Wines & Liquors
Overall: 3.5 Corks
Yossie Horwitz (@yossieuncorked) says
Glad to see you liked this great wine. With som many incredible Israeli wines out there, Dalton doesn’t get enough recognition. I highly recommend thier 2009 Shiraz as well and its well worth checking out the D series which is cheaper and has a delicious Zinfandel and Petite Sirah.
This was the first Dalton wine I’ve tried, but it definitely won’t be the last! Thanks for the suggestions. I’m adding them to my “to-buy” list! I’m a particular sucker for a good Zinfandel.