Carmey Avdat
Founded by Eyal Izrael after working together for several years with Yuval Ben Shoshan, this small winery is based on a private farm not far from Kibbutz Sde Boker in the heights of the Negev Dessert. The vineyards of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes are planted in a wadi and relying on water from 1,500 year old water terraces built by the Nabbateans. The winery's first releases from the 2005 vintage were of 4,500 bottles and from the 2006 vintage, 6,000 bottles.
Carmey Avdat, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 (Barrel Tasting): Deep garnet towards purple in color, medium-bodied, with soft tannins and a generous but gentle wood influence. On the nose and palate berries, black cherries and currants, those with light earthy-herbal overlays. Drink from release-2009. Tentative Score 85-87. (Tasted 8 Mar 2007)
Carmey Avdat, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005: Dark royal purple in color, medium- to full-bodied with soft tannins and generous spicy wood, those integrating nicely to show currant, berry and herbal aromas and flavors. Drink now-2009. Score 86. (Tasted 8 Mar 2007)
Carmey Avdat, Merlot, 2006 (Barrel Tasting): Dark, youthful purple in color, medium- to full-bodied, with still gripping tannins and already showing a generous wood influence but those in good balance with fruits and acidity and boding well for the future. On the nose and palate berries, cherries, cassis and an appealing chocolate and peppery overlays that linger nicely. Drink from release-2009. Tentative Score 86-88. (Tasted 8 Mar 2007)
Carmey Avdat, Merlot, 2005: Deep ruby towards garnet, medium bodied, with silky smooth tannins and showing appealing berry and black cherry fruits on a spicy and lightly oaky background. Lingers nicely on the palate. Drink now-2009. Score 87. (Tasted 8 Mar 2007)