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Gabriel Israel

Gabriel Israel

3805 days ago

Gabriel scored this wine: 95/100

Had this wine last night at Terra restaurant in Richmond Hill, Ontario (thank you Michael, who keeps surprises me every time). One of the most unusual, exciting and rewarding Italian wines I have had in the past few months. It's an interesting blend of 33% Montepulciano, 25% Sangiovese, 30% Primitivo, 7% Negroamaro, 5% Malvasia Nera. My first reaction was 'wow! this is different' - it's similar to a very high-end Zin (probably because of the Primitivo) but it has much more to offer - full body, extremely sophisticated and rich yet very silky smooth and elegant. The flavors of strawberies are so beautifully integrated, as if you sample the best homemade crafted strawberries jam ever.flavors that go on for ever and yet amazingly balanced.

Clos Saragnat 2007

Quebec, Canada
3829 days ago

Gabriel scored this wine: 94/100

Ice cider at it's best! Sweet but not too sweet.so amazingly beautiful. On the nose GApple pie. Hints of 'just baked apple-pie'. On the palate, over-ripped apples with cinnamon and well balanced acidity. The finish goes on for ever. Excellent by itself or with any sweet dessert.

3765 days ago

Gabriel scored this wine: 94/100

Think about all the adjectives to describe an amazing nose and complexity of favors and multiply it by 10 - absolutely amazing. Everything you expect from a 13 year old Rioja Gran Reserva is there and beautifully placed. It takes a great producer like Marques de Caceres to deliver such a remarkable wine in a challenging year like 1998 in Rioja.

3656 days ago

Gabriel scored this wine: 94/100

What an outstanding Brunello. Thank Gemini for this beautiful gift. It's everything you're expecting Brunello to deliver and more. Full body, full of very well integrated flavors. Doesn't need any food to enjoy it to its fullest. I wish there was more of it - what a treat.

Don Melchor

Concha Y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Maipo Valley, Puente Alto, Chile
3344 days ago

Gabriel scored this wine: 94/100

What an amazing wine! From the first sipp to the last one the wine is absolutely gorgeous. Full body. Sophisticated. Clean. accurate. Bordeaux blend at its best. Very well integrated flavors - everything is just right there. Can continue to evolve in the next 3-5 years.

Gabriel Israel

Wine Blogger

Memorable Wine

2005 Tobreck Les Amis. 2000 Vieux Château Certan. 1989 La Nerthe CdP Cuvée des Cadettes


Current Fav Wine

Any Spanish Gran Reserva





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