In addition to the bottle of Garage de Papa Rouge LT brought me on her way back from Israel she gave me a bottle of 2013 Flam Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. Of the two, for me, the Flam was the star.
The Flam winery was established in 1998 and is truly a family business. Israel Flam is one of Israel’s wine pioneers and worked in leading wineries before beginning this venture. The sons Gilad (CEO) and Golan (winemaker), daughter Gefen (brand manager), and matriarch Kami (CFO) are all deeply involved.
The winery is located in the Judean Hills around Jerusalem and managed like a European estate winery. The family’s passion for wine and excellence is obvious in their wines; as I discovered in the 2013 Flam Cabernet Sauvignon.
Flam Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2013 Tasting Notes:
In the glass the Flam Cabernet Sauvignon is a dense, dark purple. The nose is quite fruit-forward with a lot of red fruits. We (I shared this with my friend K) also detected green pepper, maybe jalepeño, sweet tobacco, and clove. The palate is balanced with silky tannins and a long finish. I found it to be even fruitier than the nose. It drinks really well now but could bottle age for a number of more years and fully develop some of the oak aromas.
This paired beautifully with strong hard cheese (I had Parmesan) and truffled almonds.
Since drinking this I had the opportunity to go to Israel. Part of my trip included a trip to the Flam winery! Look for that to be posted soon!