Carmel Mediterranean 2011
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Robert Parker - Wine Advocate, 90 Points - The 2011 Mediterranean is a blend of 40% Shiraz from Upper Galilee, 27% Petit Verdot from Upper Galilee, 18% Petite Sirah from Judean Hills, 9% Carignan Old Vines from Mount Carmel and 3% each of Mourvedre from Mount Carmel and Viognier from Upper Galilee; all aged aged for 15 months in 300-liter French oak barrels (20% new). (The mix of regions is why this has no specific appellation.) A bit unassuming on first taste, I began to like this more and more as it aired out. Elegant in the mid-palate and with a touch of game on the nose, this finishes with a medley of dry and complex flavors, plus some grip and tightness. Very nicely crafted, it is a graceful wine that has some pop and persistence. I hate to be a broken record, but it's another 90-pointer for this bottling, which I've really come to like a lot.
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